MT's official files as Prime Minister, 1979-90
MT's official files as PM can be read on this site as they are released, in full and free to all - the confidential files originally stored at No.10, the core record of her premiership.
The files have been copied at the British National Archives (TNA) at Kew in London and can be downloaded precisely as they appear in the reading room.
We are doing something more to help people make sense of this mass of information. The files are subject-based, logically enough, but that system makes it difficult to reconstruct the flow of paper across the Prime Minister’s desk at any point in time, depriving us of a sense of context and cross-winds, some of them overwhelming.
To combat this effect we are uploading a large selection of the most important documents from these files – thousands in total - to our powerful site database. You can search and sort by date, subject and other parameters, getting as close as anyone can now get to reconstructing the Prime Minister’s daily "Red Boxes", the rich diet of foreign and domestic policy papers submitted to her by the No.10 Private Office.
|File name||Title||Begins||Ends||Date of release||Any docs withheld?||File classification||Pages|
|PREM19/2697||Germany (Prime Minister's meetings with Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the Turkish Prime Minister in Germany) (Part 7)||Begins: 1987 Jul 1||Ends: 1989 Feb 24||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/1765||Germany (Prime Minister's meetings with Chancellor Helmut Kohl) (Part 15)||Begins: 1983 Nov 11||Ends: 1986 May 28||Date of release: 2015 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 276|
|PREM19/471||Germany (Prime Minister's meetings with Chancellor Schmidt in Bonn, November 1980 and November 1981: Anglo-German Summits) (Part 2)||Begins: 1980 Jun 4||Ends: 1981 Nov 18||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 338|
|PREM19/766||Germany (Prime Minister's meetings with Chancellor Schmidt in Bonn, November 1981) (Part 3)||Begins: 1982 Oct 2||Ends: 1982 Nov 19||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Secret||Pages: 68|
|PREM19/1036||Germany (Prime Minister's visits to Germany: meetings with Chancellor Helmut Kohl) (Part 4)||Begins: 1982 Oct 28||Ends: 1983 Oct 26||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 226|
|PREM19/768||Germany (Removal of the limitations on Federal German naval shipbuilding and armaments)||Begins: 1980 Jul 11||Ends: 1982 Sep 6||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Secret||Pages: 23|
|PREM19/767||Germany (Visit of Dr Ernst Albrecht, Minister-President of Lower Saxony: call on the Prime Minister)||Begins: 1980 May 14||Ends: 1980 Jul 11||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 24|
|PREM19/472||Germany (Visit to UK by Chancellor Schmidt, March 1980: Anglo-German Summit) (Part 2)||Begins: 1979 Aug 13||Ends: 1981 Apr 17||Date of release: 2012 Feb 22||File classification: Secret||Pages: 229|
|PREM19/1035||Germany (Visit to UK by Helmut Kohl, leader of the opposition, January 1982)||Begins: 1981 Aug 19||Ends: 1982 Jan 27||Date of release: 2013 Aug 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 82|
|PREM19/3007||Germany (Visits by Chancellor Helmut Kohl to the UK) (Part 10)||Begins: 1986 Nov 20||Ends: 1990 Mar 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2698||Germany (Visits to the UK by Governing Mayors of Berlin: Dietrich Stobb, Richard von Weizsacker, Eberhard Diepgen and Walter Momper)||Begins: 1979 Mar 2||Ends: 1989 May 4||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/473||Ghana (Visit to UK by President Limann, May 1981: meeting with Prime Minister)||Begins: 1980 Oct 21||Ends: 1981 Jun 2||Date of release: 2011 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 155|
|PREM19/1766||Gibraltar (Policy towards Gibraltar: discussions with Spanish under Lisbon and Brussels Agreements) (Part 5)||Begins: 1984 Apr 6||Ends: 1986 Oct 24||Date of release: 2014 Dec 30|
|PREM19/769||Gibraltar (Policy) (Part 1)||Begins: 1979 Jul 19||Ends: 1982 Jan 20||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 162|
|PREM19/770||Gibraltar (Policy) (Part 2)||Begins: 1982 Feb 11||Ends: 1982 Oct 28||Date of release: 2012 Dec 28||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 189|