Archive of Tony Benn acquired for the nation

A selection of diaries from the Tony Benn Archive. Photo credit: British Library.

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Arts Council England announced on 5 March 2019, that the archive of Tony Benn (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), Labour’s longest-serving MP, has been accepted in lieu of inheritance tax and permanently allocated to the British Library, in accordance with the condition attached to its offer.

The thorough archive was accumulated by Benn during his lifetime. It begins in his early youth, when he first started to keep a formal diary and associated papers (the earliest volume was written by Benn at the age of 9). It then spans the rest of his life, providing rich documentation of his active political career as well as a substantial collection of source material reflecting the history of the UK during this time.

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