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Unite Against Fascism/Rock Against Racism

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0372 UAF
Held at: Bishopsgate Institute
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Full title: Unite Against Fascism/Rock Against Racism
Date(s): 1976-2014
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 6 boxes and posters
Name of creator(s):

Unite Against Fascism

Love Music Hate Racism

Anti-Nazi League

Rock Against Racism


Administrative/Biographical history:

Unite Against Fascism (UAF): Unite Against Fascism is an anti-fascist pressure group in the United Kingdom. UAF was established in 2003 following the electoral successes of the British National Party, beginning as a coalition that included the Anti-Nazi League, the National Assembly Against Racism, the Trades Union Congress, Unite the Union, and UNISON.

UAF aims to raise awareness nationally of the potential affects to the UK and British society if fascist and far right groups (including the British National Party and the English Defence League), gain seats in local, national and European elections.

Love Music Hate Racism: Love Music Hate Racism is a music-orientated campaign established in 2002 by the Anti Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism in response to the perceived increase in support for the far right and the British National Party.

The campaign involves concerts aimed at communicating an anti-racist message. It follows in the tradition of the 1970s Rock Against Racism campaign, which also involved the Anti-Nazi League.

Anti Nazi League:The Anti-Nazi League (ANL) was established in 1977 on the initiative of the Socialist Workers Party (with sponsorship from some trade unions) to oppose the rise of far-right groups in the UK. It was brought to a close in 1981, but re-launched in 1992. In 2003 it merged with Unite Against Fascism.

Rock Against Racism: Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a campaign set up in 1976 by Red Saunders, Roger Huddle and others, including the Anti Nazi League, as a response to an increase in racial conflict and the growth of white nationalist groups such as the National Front. The campaign involved musicians from a range of genres playing at concerts with an anti-racist theme with the aim of discourage young people from embracing racism.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Unite Against Fascism and Rock Against Racism (c.2008-2010), including: leaflets, pamphlets and other campaign and promotional materials produced by Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism, Rock Against Racism, the Anti-Nazi League and the British National Party, 1994-2014; Management and organisational papers of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR), 2003-2010; Finance records of Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism, and the Anti-Nazi League, 2008-2010; and papers of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL), including: campaign and communication papers, press cuttings, papers and correspondence regrading a visit to Auschwitz, and photographs of a visit to Auschwitz, 1976-1995.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The Unite Against Fascism Archive is divided into the following four sections:

UAF/1: Leaflets, pamphlets and other promotional material

UAF/2: Management papers

UAF/3: Financial records

UAF/4: Anti-Nazi League papers

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:

Donated to Bishopsgate Institute by Simon Assaf, November 2010

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Grace Biggins

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:
12 December 2016

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