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PPU archives and historic resources




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 In its pre -World War Two heyday the PPU had a thousand local Groups around the UK, which were federated into wide geographical Areas. In some Areas there was a subdivision of Regions. In the post-WW2 period this structure gradually broke down and by the 1970s virtually ceased to exist, although local activity still takes place.

Over the past twenty years the PPU has developed a policy of acquiring local records from local activists and their families, and the following is a list of places now represented in the PPU Local Archives. The Archivist is always keen to hear of PPU material that may still be around.

NB: Each place is followed by dates of the first and last items included, but this does not necessarily mean that there is continuity between the items. There is also a number thus [1], indicating on a three-point scale the quantity of material held, ranging from [1] = one or two miscellaneous documents to [3] = a major run of material. A question mark preceding a date means that the year has not been verified.


ADDISCOMBE (SURREY) PPU GROUP, 1940 [1]
BATH PPU GROUP, 1942-1952 [3]
BIRMINGHAM PPU GROUP, 1973-1991 [1]
BIRMINGHAM REGION PPU, 1940-1941 [2]
BLACKHEATH & CHARLTON PPU GROUP, 1939 [1]
BOURNEMOUTH & NEW FOREST REGION PPU, 1939-1940 [2]
BRADFORD PPU GROUP, 1916-1945 [2]
BRIGHTON PPU GROUP, 1957-1981 [2]
BRISTOL PPU GROUP, 1944-1976 [1]
CENTRAL LONDON PPU GROUP, 1961-1968 [1]
CROYDON REGION PPU, 1936-1950 [3]
DEVON & CORNWALL AREA PPU, 1949-1987 [3]
E10 & E11 (LONDON) PPU GROUP, 1937-1993 [3]
EAST FINCHLEY PPU GROUP, 1938 [1]
EDMONTON PPU GROUP, 1936-1961 [2]
EWELL (SURREY) PPU GROUP, 1943-1949 [2]
GLASGOW PPU GROUP, 1989-1992 [1]
GUILDFORD PPU GROUP, 1990 [1]
HASTINGS PEACE GROUP, 1936-1945 [3]
HEDDYCHWYR CYMRU (Welsh Council of PPU), 1936-1944 [3]
HIGHGATE (LONDON), PPU GROUP, 1938, [1]
HIGHGATE & MUSWELL HILL (LONDON) PPU GROUP, 1952-1961 [2]
HIGH WYCOMBE YAPPU GROUP, 1972 [1]
HOLBORN & ST PANCRAS PPU GROUP, 1940 [1]
HORNSEY PPU GROUP, 1939 [1]
HORNSEY REGION PPU, 1937-?1946 [2]
HULL PPU GROUP, 1941-1946 [3]
IPSWICH PPU GROUP, ?1937-1948 [1]
KENT AREA PPU, 1970-1987 [2]
LINCOLN PPU GROUP, 1991 [1]
LIVERPOOL PPU GROUP, 1964-1984 [2]
LONDON AREA PPU, 1940-1977 [3]
LONDON PEACE ACTION, 1980-1984 [2]
LOUGHBOROUGH JOINT PACIFIST GROUP, 1976-1981 [1]
LOUGHTON (ESSEX0 PPU GROUP, 1947-1956
MANCHESTER & DISTRICT REGION PPU, 1941-1944 [2]
MIDDLESEX local PPU Group (unidentfied, mentions Hayes, Hillingdon, Ruislip & Yiewsley), 1936 [1]
MUSWELL HILL PPU GROUP (See also Highgate & Muswell Hill Group), 1937-1940 [3]
NEW BARNET PPU GROUP, 1942 [1]
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE PEACE FORTNIGHT, 1978 [1]
NORTH WEST AREA PPU, 1964-1985 [3]
NORTHAMPTON PPU GROUP, 1939-1946 [2]
NOTTINGHAM PPU GROUP, 1965-1991 [2]
PORTSMOUTH PPU GROUP, 1969-1984 [1]
PUTNEY PPU GROUP, 1944 [1]
READING PPU GROUP, 1939-1984 [1]
RICHMOND (SURREY) PPU GROUP, 1931-1978 [3]
RUGBY PPU GROUP, 1956-1980 [2]
ST ALBANS PPU GROUP, 1983 [1]
SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY PPU GROUP, 1989 [1]
SIDCUP (KENT) PPU GROUP, ?1937-1948 [1]
SOUTHAMPTON PPU GROUP, 1962 [1]
SOUTH MIDLANDS AREA PPU, 1961-1980 [2]
SOUTH WEST LONDON PPU GROUP, 1951 [1]
STOKE NEWINGTON PEACE GROUP, 1948 [1]
STREATHAM PPU GROUP, 1943-1954 [2]
SURREY AREA PPU, 1951-1987 [3]
SUTTON (SURREY) PPU GROUP, 1942 [1]
SWINDON PPU GROUP, 1944-1995 [3]
UXBRIDGE PPU GROUP, c 1938 [1]
WALES (see Heddychwyr Cymru above - most material is in Welsh)
WEST HAMPSHIRE REGION PPU, 1943-1945 [2]
WESTERN AREA PPU, 1967-1992 [2]
WINCHESTER PPU GROUP, 1938 [1]
YORKSHIRE AREA PPU, 1980-1986 [1]