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The Papers of Christopher Child

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHLD

Scope and Contents

Papers from Child's work as part of Neil Kinnock's private office, including: briefings and other papers relating to South Africa and the Commonwealth; General Election papers, particularly briefings on key seats and marginals and briefings for the 1992 election tour.


  • Creation: 1983 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Child was born in Tavistock, Devon, on 22 December 1953. He attended state schools in Tavistock, Dunstable and Luton and then studied politics at the University of Durham from 1972 to 1976.

Christopher Child worked on Neil Kinnock's campaign for the leadership of the Labour Party and, from 1983 to 1992, as a staff member in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, with responsibility throughout this period for Mr Kinnock's work on international development and Africa, especially Southern Africa. Until 1987 he was also responsible for Mr Kinnock's Correspondence Unit and from 1987 to 1992 for the preparation of briefings for Mr Kinnock's visits in the UK, including during the General Election campaigns of 1987 and 1992. Before his time with Mr Kinnock Christopher worked for the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, from 1976 to 1982 as Trade Union Secretary and towards the end of that period as Deputy Secretary. In 1993 he worked for the HIV-AIDs charity CRUSAID and from 1994 to 2006 in the Political Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, where he was responsible for activities to strengthen democracy in member states. During 2007 Christopher worked for the UK non-governmental organisation WarChild and from 2008 until 2014 as Senior Professional Officer at Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS), a UK not-for-profit non-governmental organisation which worked with local partners to strengthen democratic institutions, processes and culture around the world. He retired in February 2014.


11 archive box(es)

1 banker's box(es) (1 bankers box)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at the Archives Centre in November 2014 by Christopher Child.

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the Kinnock Papers, GBR 0014 KNNK, and the papers of John Newbigin, GBR 0014 NEWB.


This finding aid was compiled by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in 2015, using biographical information supplied by Mr Child.


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Repository Details

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