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MUNDAY, Diane (b 1931)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0372 MUNDAY
Held at: Bishopsgate Institute
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Full title: MUNDAY, Diane (b 1931)
Date(s): 1967-2002
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 3 Boxes
Name of creator(s): Munday, Diane (b. 1931) humanist and abortion rights campaigner


Administrative/Biographical history:

Diane Munday became involved in the campaign to reform abortion law in the 1960s, following her own experience with abortion. She was a member of the Abortion Law Reform Association and of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service until the 1990s, and frequently gave speeches and wrote articles on the topics of abortion, pregnancy and family planning. Later, she became interested in the question of voluntary euthanasia, and has also spoken and written on that subject.

Munday began questioning religion at the age of 8 or 9, and has been heavily involved with the British Humanist Association. She began a successful campaign for a state school in her village after her son was called a pagan in the local Church of England school. She was appointed as a magistrate in 1969, acting for many years as Chair of the Family Panel, and retired from the Bench in 2001.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Diane Munday (b 1931), including: papers regarding religious and moral education, including statements by the Campaign for Moral Education and the British Humanist Association, 1967-1971; note for speeches, draft reviews and drafts of articles on abortion, contrception and family planning, humanism,, Alzheimers, pressure groups, moral education, euthanasia, 1967-2000 ; press cuttings of letters and articles by Munday regarding abortion, humanism, politics and various other topics, 1967-2002.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The papers of Diane Munday are divided into the following three sections:

MUNDAY/1: Speech Notes MUNDAY/2: Articles, Reviews and Letters to the Editor MUNDAY/3: Other papers

Within each series they have been arranged chronologically. Where supporting materials have been attached to speech notes or draft articles, the materials have been kept together in either series 1 or 2 and a note has been made in the file-level description. Where reference materials were unattached to any of Diane Munday's writings, they have been placed in series 3.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying and digital photography (without flash) is permitted for research purposes on completion of the Library's Copyright Declaration form and with respect to current UK copyright law.

Finding aids:

ADLIB catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited at Bishopsgate Institute by Diane Munday, 2 April 2009.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Stefan Dickers

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:
31 August 2009

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