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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB99 KCLMA Sandys White Paper on Defence Conference
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 audio cassette tapes


Administrative / Biographical history
A conference to discuss the White Paper on Defence, 1957, by Rt Hon Duncan (Edwin) Sandys, Minister of Defence, 1957-1959, was organised by the Institute of Contemporary British History, the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and the Nuclear History Project, and was held at King's College London on 1 Jul 1988.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Presented to the Centre by Professor Lawrence David Freedman, Department of War Studies, King's College London, in 1988.

Content & structure

Scope and content
Three audio cassette tapes of the proceedings of the conference on the Sandys White Paper on Defence, 1957, King's College London, 1 Jul 1988, mostly relating to the proposed purchase of an independent nuclear deterrent, including contributions from Sir Richard (Royle) Powell, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, 1957; (Thomas) Cecil (Garside) James, Assistant Secretary, Air Ministry, 1957; Rt Hon George Nigel Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Selkirk, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1957; Sir Richard (George Kitchener) Way, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Defence, 1957; Rt Hon Julian Amery, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Financial Secretary, War Office, 1957-1958; Professor Robert John O'Neill, Chairman, British Committee of the Nuclear History Project; Nicholas J Wheeler, Department of War Studies, King's College London; Dr Michael Dockrill, Department of War Studies, King's College London; Anthony Seldon, Director, Institute of Contemporary British History; Martin S Navias, Research Student, King's College London.
System of arrangement
3 audio cassette tapes

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction
Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.
Language/scripts of material
Finding aids
Summary guide entry available online and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Publication note
The British origins of nuclear strategy 1945-1955 by Ian Clark and Nicholas J Wheeler (Clarendon, Oxford, 1989); Nuclear weapons and British strategic planning, 1955-1958 by Martin S Navias (Clarendon, Oxford, 1991).


Compiled Nov 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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