Accessing the Avon Papers and Save the Children Fund archive

The Avon Papers collection includes personal and political papers of Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, and Prime Minister, 1955-1957, including material on the Suez Crisis.

Please note that in addition to the usual ID, readers* requesting access to this collection (reference: AP) need to supply in advance a brief statement of their research and a letter of introduction in order for permission to be obtained. The letter of introduction needs to be from someone who knows you well and is not a family member. It only needs to be brief, just a few lines explaining how they know you and confirming that they support your application to access archival material of the nature in which you are interested.

* University of Birmingham staff or University of Birmingham students do not need to submit this statement or letter of introduction.

Conditions for accessing Save the Children Fund archive (reference: SCF)

Material of any date already in the public domain, such as publications and posters, is open for all to access.

Material dated up to and including 1995:
SCF adopts a 25-year policy on opening up its archive.  This means that material up to and including 1995 (correct as of 2021) is now open to researchers subject to Data Protection issues.  All material dated up to and including 1995 must be checked by staff before it can be consulted by researchers. If you are interested in archive material up to and including 1995, please contact ourselves ( with your request in writing. We will respond to your enquiry within 15 working days.

Material dated 1996 onwards:
Records dated 1996 and later are not open for research, but researchers may wish to make a special request for permission from Save the Children for access to this later material.  To make a request, please supply a full statement about your research, including what theme or countries you are looking into, the time period (date range), as much detail as possible about the records requested (e.g. Council and committee minutes, reports, correspondence), the Finding Numbers and SCF/A Box number (if known), and what form the completed research will take (e.g. academic dissertation, journal article, book). Please forward these details to Mizan Choudhury at Save the Children, email:, copying in ourselves (

Please note: Between January 2019 and June 2021, the Save the Children Fund archive is undergoing a full cataloguing programme. For guidance on finding and accessing material in the archive during this time, please contact ourselves (, at least 5 working days in advance of any intended visit.

Researchers still need to be registered as a reader at Cadbury Research Library in the usual manner.