Douglas Jay

20 February 2012

This session, devoted to a current acquisition; the papers of Douglas Jay, later Baron Jay of Battersea (1907-1996), was chaired by Professor Martin Ceadel, New College, Oxford.

The Douglas Jay papers are a 'hybrid collection' with paper-based and digital components. The digital version of Lord Jay’s diaries, 1964-1972, edited by Mary, Lady Jay, will be published by the Bodleian as an online resource. Funding is required to catalogue the many boxes of his papers. Until then this part of the collection is unavailable to researchers.

Adopting a thematic approach to the diaries, Lady Jay's paper 'The diary of Douglas Jay: from dictation to online resource' [PDF,500kb] highlighted four topics - government: opportunity and disappointment; economic policy: key to achievement of social justice; post-government activities: the EEC, & London Motorway Action Group (LMAG) campaigns; and the press. Apart from a 1960s photograph of Douglas Jay in the Board of Trade, all the seminar illustrations were from Douglas Jay's digital diaries (texts included in Lady Jay's paper, above).

The event concluded with a question and answer session which included contributions from members of the Battersea Labour Party who had worked with Douglas Jay.

This seminar was the first in the 2012 series to be recorded. A CD of the recording will be made available to readers in the Special Collections Reading Room. Two extracts are available to download (with apologies for occasional sound interference):

Mary, Lady Jay clip 1 [MP3, 1MB, 1.08m]

Mary, Lady Jay clip 2 [MP3, 1MB, 1.35m]


Documents and audio clips reproduced with the permission of Mary, Lady Jay.


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