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Birth Control Campaign

  • Birth Control Campaign
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The largest section of the papers received from the BCC relates to Parliamentary action on wider provision of male sterilisation (vasectomy), free provision of contraception under the NHS, and general improved NHS facilities for contraception, abortion and sterilisation. There is also a large section of press cuttings, and files relating to the internal organisation of the campaign, various attempts to promote and publicise its aims, and relations with other bodies in connected fields.



Physical description

25 boxes 1 transfer box 2 transfer boxes


The collection is divided into sections as follows:

A Organistion and Internal Matters

B Publicity and Promotion

C Other bodies

D Parliamentary Matters

E Press cuttings

Acquisition note

The bulk of these archives were given to the Wellcome Library by the Birth Control Trust in February 1986. Subsequent supplementary accessions were donated in December 1998 and June 1999 (along with the archives of CO-ORD: the campaign to defend the 1967 Abortion Act). Some of the supplementary material has not yet been catalogued.

Biographical note

The Birth Control Campaign was the pressure group of the Birth Control Trust (a registered charity), although it was set up before the Trust in 1971. It took political action in the form of lobbying for National Health Services in this field, and defended and promoted existing legislation, such as the 1967 Abortion Act. The Trust, however, published pamphlets on aspects of birth control, abortion and population and acted as an information resource centre: being a charity it could defend existing law but not campaign for changes.

From 1971 to 1974 the Birth Control Campaign campaigned for the wider provision of male sterilisation (vasectomy) and for completely free provision of contraception under the NHS. After 1974, when legislation was passed on these matters, the BCC turned its attention to campaigning for improved NHS facilities for contraception, abortion and sterilisation and for these services to be advertised and promoted. The Campaign was also been actively involved in opposing attempts to restrict the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Terms of use

This collection has been catalogued and is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.

Accruals note

Acc 783: Some miscellaneous files of the BCC, among accession of records from several related bodies, 1970s-1990s

Acc 800: AGMs, 1971-1982, minutes of Management Committee, 1971-1981, 1987-1992, minutes and agenda papers early 1990s; correspondence, including on free birth control under NHS and late abortions; publications, handouts and leaflets; briefings; Parliamentary matters; papers on time-limit; press-cuttings; miscellaneous matters

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