ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: 'Republic' was formed in London in 1983 as an interest and pressure group to promote Republicanism, to provide a forum and focus for democratic republican opinion and to contribute to ideas about the concept of a British Republic. It was affiliated to the Thomas Paine Society; to the Campaign for the Freedom of Information and to Charter 88.
The group subscribed to the Quarterly Review of the Constitutional Reform Centre and hosted its own Working Party on Constitutional Reform, although avoided direct affiliation with any political party.
SCOPE AND CONTENT:
- Agendas and minutes of Annual General Meetings, 1983-1991
- Papers regarding the constitution of Republic, 1983-1990
- Financial reports, miscellaneous accounts and receipts, 1986-1990
- Organisational correspondence to and from Republic, 1982-1990
- Publicity material, handouts and newsletters, 1983-1992
- Membership and subscription lists with accompanying correspondence, 1987-1991
- Papers concerning the Republic Working Party on a new draft constitution and the reform of the House of Lords, 1987-1988
- Photographs from the Annual General Meeting of Republic, 1987
- Papers and correspondence regarding the publication of Edgar Wilson's book Myth of Modern Monarchy, 1987-1989
- Papers and findings relating to a questionnaire on the constitution, 1988
EXTENT: 4 boxes