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FAULDS, Andrew Matthew William, 1923-2000, MP and actor

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 FAULDS
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: FAULDS, Andrew Matthew William, 1923-2000, MP and actor
Date(s): 1960-1997
Level of description: collection
Extent: 263 boxes
Name of creator(s): Faulds | Andrew Matthew William | 1923-2000 | MP and actor
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1923; educated George Watson's, Edinburgh, King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth, Daniel Stewart's, Edinburgh, High School, Stirling, and Glasgow University; spent three seasons with Shakespeare Memorial Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1948-[1951]; spent three years with the BBC Repertory Company; became famous for playing the part of Jet Morgan in the BBC radio drama Journey into Space; appeared in 37 films and many TV and radio performances; Council Member, British Actors' Equity, 1966-1969; Labour MP, Smethwick, 1966-74, and Warley East, 1974-97; Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Thomson Stonehouse as Minister of State for Aviation, 1967, Minister of Technology, 1967-68, and Postmaster General, 1968-69; Opposition spokesman for the Arts, 1970-73, and 1979-82; Founder, and Chairman, British Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation, 1974-97; Co-Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Heritage Group, 1974-97; Member, House of Commons Works of Art Committee, 1970-97; Member, British Delegation to Council of Europe and Western European Union, 1975-80, and 1987-97; Executive Committee, GB China Centre, 1976-97; Executive Committee, Inter-Parliamentary Union, (British Section), 1983-97; Executive Committee, Franco-British Council, 1978-88; retired 1997; died 2000.


Scope and content/abstract:

Political papers of Andrew Matthew William Faulds, [1965-1997], mainly relating to his career as Labour MP for Smethwick (1966-1974) and Warley East (1974-1997). Comprises files relating to Parliamentary and constituency matters, foreign affairs, and the arts. There are also a number of audiotapes of Faulds' speeches, mostly in the House of Commons and the Council of Europe.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The papers were sorted by Faulds following his retirement, and are in sections as follows: FAULDS/1 - Arts FAULDS/2 - Constituency FAULDS/3 - Foreign Affairs FAULDS/4 - Parliamentary

FAULDS/2, FAULDS/3 and FAULDS/4 have been sorted into sub-sections during the cataloguing stage as follows:

FAULDS/2 - FAULDS/2/1 - Constituency Correspondence - casework regarding various subjects (Closed under data protection), FAULDS/2/2 - Immigration - correspondence, mostly with constituents regarding immigration (Closed under data protection), FAULDS/2/3 - Local Issues - correspondence regarding various subjects such as employment, education and housing (mostly open), FAULDS/2/4 - Constituency Labour Party - papers and correspondence mostly regarding Warley East (mostly open)

FAULDS/3 - FAULDS/3/1 - Europe, FAULDS/3/2 - Middle East, FAULDS/3/3 - Asia, FAULDS/3/4 - Africa, FAULDS/3/5 - South America, FAULDS/3/6 - North America, FAULDS/3/7 - Australia / New Zealand

FAULDS/4 - FAULDS/4/1 - General parliamentary papers and correspondence - particularly relating to foreign affairs, immigration and the arts, FAULDS/4/2 - Notices of Motions (signed by Faulds), FAULDS/4/3 - Parliamentary Questions (asked by Faulds), FAULDS/4/4 - Inter-Parliamentary Union, FAULDS/4/5 - Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, FAULDS/4/6 - Legislation, FAULDS/4/7 - Labour Party, FAULDS/4/ 8 - Committees and Groups, FAULDS/4/ 9 - Letters, speeches and articles

There are three further series of papers from a later accession. These are: FAULDS/5 - Personal Papers mostly correspondence with friends and acquaintances Faulds met on travels abroad, FAULDS/6 - Desk Diaries, FAULDS/7 - Audiotapes comprising speeches by Faulds mostly in the House of Commons and at the Council of Europe

There is a great deal of overlap in subject across each series and in particular FAULDS/4 contains a large amount of correspondence and papers regarding both the arts and foriegn affairs. Users are advised to search the online catalogue if they are researching a specific subjects. Please conatct the Archivist if you would like further assistance.

Conditions governing access:

Mainly open; some items closed

Some files are closed under data protection

Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied. Apply to Archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue and handlist available

Archival Information

Archival history:

Deposited by Andrew Faulds in 1999.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Andrew Faulds

Allied Materials

Related material:

The BLPES also holds election ephemera relating to Faulds (Ref: Coll misc 0401/2/6 (1964) and 0712/712/6 (1979)), and correspondence in the papers of the Rt Hon John Parker (Ref: Parker/6/1).

The Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York University, holds writings and speeches by Faulds on African politics and refugees and the Israel-Palestine problem (Ref: HIL L70).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives; the Internet Movie Database. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Modified by Becky Webster May 2008.

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:
May 2008

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