EU Referendum – 5 June 1975

img522 smallBritain joined the Economic Community in 1973. After renegotiating its entry terms a referendum was held in 1975 when 2:1 voted to stay in. Over 40 years later the debate goes on. But society has changed and we have the benefit of hindsight. This makes looking back all the more fascinating.

The John Hill Archive includes papers relating to the 1975 ‘Yes’ campaign (yes to stay in Europe). Apart from the serious arguments there’s some good visual material, leaflets, press-cuttings, etc. The ‘No’ campaign has some coverage too, inevitably, one can’t wrangle with oneself.

John Hill (Conservative MP) supported the ‘Yes’ campaign. He contributed a great deal to his constituency of South Norfolk in the 1960s and was on UEA Council from 1975-1982.

The papers (contained in 3 boxes) focus closely on the campaign in Norfolk and Suffolk, and the organisations of The European Movement and Britain in Europe.

The papers are listed on-line (ref JH/POL/PARL/40)

Please contact if you’d like to know more or would like to see the papers.

[Leaflet produced by the European League for Economic Co-operation (British Section)]


Environmental policy and composting in the 1950s

DSCF2103 (sml)Arnaud Page, visiting the Archives from Paris-Sorbonne University. Arnaud is researching environmental history, land management and British government policy. In particular he is looking at policies on domestic composting for agricultural purposes in the 1950s.

From the Zuckerman Archive he is consulting the vast collection of papers of the Natural Resources (Technical) Committee (NRTC). The Committee was constituted by the Lord President of the Council in November 1950 “to advise on technical problems of the development, use and conservation of natural resources”. It was chaired by Solly Zuckerman.CyberViewX v5.15.45 Model Code=54 F/W Version=1.03

The NRTC papers are listed on the Archives Hub

Zuckerman Archive

See also the archive of John Hill, farmer and MP (from 1955-1974) who was active on agricultural select committees in the 1960s.

Photo: Blyford Estate, Hill Papers.

Postscript: Arnaud Page’s article Fertility from Urban Wastes? The case for composting in Great Britain, 1920s-1960s was published in the journal Environment and History in January 2018.

National Sporting Heritage Day, 30 September 2015

National Sporting Heritage Day aims to raise awareness of the rich sporting heritage that exists in the UK.

Cricket and football in the Hill Papers

Cricket and football in the Hill Papers

We’re taking a quick run through our collections to see what might be highlighted. Most well-known is the wild swimming in the Roger Deakin Archive but there’s also the establishment of the Theta Sailing Club in Norfolk (see our earlier blog).

Cricket and football memorabilia from the 1930s are included in the papers of John Hill (Con. MP), with additional correspondence included up to 1999.

Hill was Captain of Merton College (Oxford) Cricket Club and also played for the Grasshoppers Cricket Club, Woking, and Esher Cricket Club.

Hill played goalkeeper for Corinthian Football Club, and for Oxford University where he received a “blues award”. He played for and was a committee member of Old Carthusian Football Club (Charterhouse old boys).

Keeping the water in the pail ©University of East Anglia

Keeping the water in the pail ©University of East Anglia

Memorabilia from all these clubs include fixtures booklets, dinner menus, photos, correspondence, and press-cuttings. A tiny “Flicker” book shows Don Bradman in motion and teaches “on drive and off drive”.

The UEA Collection contains some slides and photographs of individual and group sporting activities at UEA as well as some fun sports days for staff, all of them long before the current Sportspark was built.



Journals from the 1970s include UEA Sport and Score.

If you would like to take a more in depth look at these collections please contact