Archive

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Guides to the archives, 1979-90

Below are links to guides on specific topics & documents from MT's Premiership, 1979-90

This is work in progress: the 1979-90 archives are only now beginning to be opened and many more pages will be added in coming years

 

sources

MT's official files [from TNA; downloadable in PDF format]

MT's private files [selections available from the Churchill Archive Centre in Cambridge]

MT in US archives [Presidential Libraries, etc]

topics

1979: St Francis's prayer [how MT, newly appointed PM, came to offer a prayer on the steps of Downing Street - attributed to St Francis of Assissi, but actually dating from 1912]

1979: MT's official papers [brief review of material released at TNA in Kew]

1979: MT's private papers [full review of material released at the Churchill Archive Centre]

1979: MT's private papers ["Slim to win" - MT's pre-election diet]

1979: Arguing with Auntie [MT's strained relationship with the BBC]

1979-81: Origins of the 1981 budget [summary of economic policy 1979-80 and background to the 1981 budget]

1979-82: Falklands - Lord Carrington's files [Private Office files released to us under Freedom of Information & uploaded in full]

1980: MT's official papers [brief review of material released at TNA in Kew]

1980: MT's private papers [full review of material released at the Churchill Archive Centre]

1981: MT's official papers [brief review of material released at TNA in Kew]

1981: MT's private papers [full review of material released at the Churchill Archive Centre]

1981-82: Poland [Reagan Library papers on the Polish crisis of 1981-82, which brought MT into sharp collision with the White House over US attempts to block the Siberian Gas pipeline]

1982: Falklands - MT's official papers [brief review of material released at TNA in Kew & links to all her main Falklands files]

1982: Falklands - the US 'tilt' to Britain [records of the key National Security Council meeting of 30 Apr 1982, first published here]

1982: Falklands - CIA documents [declassified CIA documents on the war]

1982: Falklands - Commons audio & Rentschler diary [links to audio of House of Commons statements plus the previously-unpublished diary of the key White House official who handled relations with Britain during the war, Jim Rentschler]

1982: MT's private papers [full review of material released at the Churchill Archive Centre, particularly Falklands]

1983: MT's official papers [brief review of material released at TNA in Kew, including Grenada]

1983: MT's private papers [full review of material released at the Churchill Archive Centre, including 1983 General Election]

1984: MT's official papers [brief review of material released at TNA in Kew, including coal strike]

1985: Geneva Summit [the first Reagan-Gorbachev summit]

1988: The Bruges Speech [FCO file on the drafting of MT's explosive attack on European integration at Bruges in September 1988]

1975-90: "Gentleman George" - the secret archive of George Younger [selections published on this site]

1940s-80s: Thatcher, Hayek & Friedman [MT's dealings with the great free market economists]