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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Body Positive


Reference code(s): GB 0097 HCA/Body Positive

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Body Positive

Date(s): 1985-2000

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 4 boxes

Name of creator(s): Body Positive | HIV support organisation


Administrative/Biographical history:

Body Positive is an organisation formed in 1985 to provide support and information for individuals diagnosed as HIV positive, and to represent their views. The activities of the group included running a telephone counselling service, a hospital visiting group and a drop in centre, as well as organising training sessions and workshops for members and volunteer counsellors. Body Positive ceased to exist in 2000.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Body Positive, a support organisation for those diagnosed as HIV positive, 1985-2000, notably minutes of the Policy and Resources Group, 1986, the Counselling Group, 1985-1987, the Telephone Counselling Group, 1986-1987, and the Hospital Visiting Group, 1987; leaflets for the Counselling Support group, [1987]; Body Positive newsletters, 1985-2000; Body Positive (London) Gay Men's Group newsletters, 1985-2000; organisational papers, 1985-2000, including counselling rotas, correspondence and working files of Julian Meldrum, editor of the newsletter; leaflets, 1986-1987, on subjects including protected sex, counselling initiatives and regional groups.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged as follows: minutes, newsletters, organisational papers and leaflets. The Meldrum accession is separate.

Conditions governing access:

Open, though some confidential files remain closed. Apply to the Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by the depositors.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Final handlist and on-line catalogue available for the first accession.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

The papers collected by Jonathan Grimshaw were lent to the AIDS Social History project based at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and transferred to the British Library of Political and Economic Science in 1995. An additional deposit was made by Julian Meldrum in 2000.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds further material relating to Body Positive in the papers of Michael James (Ref: Michael James papers).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Oct 2000

HIV/AIDS counselling | Counselling | Social work

Personal names
Meldrum | Julian | fl 1985-2000 | gay and HIV/AIDS activist

Corporate names
Body Positive | HIV support organisation