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Personal Papers of Beryl Platt, 1939 - 2015

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Platt

Scope and Contents

The papers listed here comprise personal and biographical records; papers relating to Beryl Platt's Cambridge years; speeches and lectures delivered by Beryl Platt; papers deriving from her work in the House of Lords; and papers deriving from her periods of office as Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission and Chancellor of Middlesex University. Each section is arranged broadly chronologically.


  • Creation: 1939 - 2015

Conditions Governing Use

Beryl Platt’s family have transferred to Girton College the copyright in those papers in this collection which were written by BP (and in which she herself held copyright).

Biographical / Historical

Beryl Catherine Myatt was born in 1923 near Southend, the daughter of Ernest Myatt, a bank accountant, and Dorothy Emma Mathilda Sarah Wood. She was educated at schools in Essex and Slough before coming to Girton College in 1941 to study for the Mechanical Sciences Tripos [the forerunner of the Engineering Tripos]. She undertook war work as an aeronautical technician in the Design Department of Hawker Aircraft Ltd at Kingston-on-Thames from 1943-46. She then went on to work for BEA (British European Airways Corporation) from September 1946. In 1949 she married Stewart Platt. Beryl Platt served as member, patron, president, director etc of innumerable organisations over a period of almost fifty years, including universities, advisory committees, educational and training organisations, local government organisations, local government authorities, professional bodies, companies and equal opportunities organisations (with particular emphasis on equal opportunities for women in work). The following appointments are of particular relevance in relation to her archives: she was Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission from 1983 to 1988 and Chancellor of Middlesex University 1993-2000. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) Campaign in 1984. Beryl Platt received the CBE in 1978. She was created a Life Peer in 1981, taking the title Baroness Platt of Writtle. She served on several House of Lords Select Committees over the next 20 years, including the Select Committee on Science and Technology, 1982-85. She was awarded honorary degrees from many universities and became an honorary fellow of several institutions and colleges, including Girton College in 1988. Lady Platt died in Hertfordshire on the 1st of February 2015.


16 archive box(es) (16 boxes) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers listed here were donated in five separate accessions: four from Beryl Platt (2004; October 2006; September 2009; and November 2009); and one after her death from her daughter Victoria Platt (received in three batches: October 2015; November 2015; and November 2016).

Related Materials

The family also gave material to the Institution of Engineering and Technology Archives (catalogue reference: UK0108 SC MSS 271) and to the British Airways Archives.


Further accession numbers: 0809/45; 0910/03; and 1617/16.


Platt, Beryl Catherine, 1923-2015, née Myatt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, politician

Finding aid date

2007-01-30 10:30:17+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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