About this Archive
(b 1894) co-operator
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Scope and content
- Material relating to Dutch's conscientious objection during the First World War and as a relief worker in France and Poland after the War, including transcript of interview with the Imperial War Museum, material regarding his imprisonment in Chelmsford Gaol and later press cuttings, 1942
- Papers relating to Dutch's involvement with the London Co-operative Society and its Committee of Management, including correspondence with David Hutton and other individuals and organisations, handwritten diary recording Dutch's service on the Committee of Management, notes on a co-operative trip in Bulgaria and ephemera and handbills covering his activities, 1928-1964.
Formed in 1920
Formed in 1883
formed in 1847
Married in 1950, Chris and Betty Birch have been involved in political, trade union, and LGBTQ+ activism for over 60 years. Sharing similar interests, they were both Communist Party Members and involved with organisations such as the Aid to Spanish Youth Committee. After the death of his friend, Mark Ashton, Chris became involved in forming the Mark Ashton Memorial Trust, which was created to raise money for individuals living with HIV. The archive includes the truncheon taken from the police by Mark Ashton, correspondence, personal scrapbooks, press cuttings, and various other papers relating to the couples activism.