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The Papers of Paul Barker

Reference Code: GBR/0014/PBRK

Scope and Contents

Personal papers, including draft articles and lectures, press cuttings and subject files.


  • Creation: 1959 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is closed until catalogued.

Conditions Governing Use

Once the collection is open, researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Barker was born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, 24 August 1935, the son of Donald Barker and Marion Barker (née Ashworth). He was educated at Hebden Bridge Grammar School, Calder High School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He married Sally Huddleston in 1960, with whom he had one daughter and three sons.

He learned Russian while doing his National Service with the Intelligence Corps, 1953-5, and, on graduating from Oxford, spent a year as a lecteur at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, 1958-9. He began his career as a journalist at The Times, 1959-64, and then The Economist, 1964-5. He joined New Society briefly as a staff writer, in 1964, returned as deputy editor, in 1965, and became editor, in 1968. He remained as editor of New Society until 1986. Two years later it merged with the New Statesman. He continued his career as a freelance journalist, broadcaster and author. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Institute of Community Studies and a Senior Research Fellow of its successor body the Young Foundation.

He died on 20 July 2019.

His publications include "The Freedoms of Suburbia" (2009); "Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging" (2012); and two detective novels, "A Crooked Smile" (2013) and "The Dead Don't Die" (2014).


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Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Paul Barker in 2016.


This collection level description was created by Sophie Bridges, August 2019, using information from Wikipedia and Paul Barker's obituary in The Guardian.


Barker, Paul, 1935-2019, writer, editor and broadcaster

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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