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The Papers of Philip Cunliffe-Lister, First Earl of Swinton

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SWIN

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection reflect the events of both Swinton's personal and professional lives. There are family letters and mementoes as well as speech notes, engagement diaries and political correspondence.


  • Creation: 1833 - 1974

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open (except for 1 closure marked on the catalogue) 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

Philip Cunliffe-Lister was born in 1884, the son of Colonel Y. G. Lloyd-Greame. He assumed the name of Cunliffe-Lister in 1924. He was called to the Bar in 1908. He served in the army 1914-1917. He then held the following positions: Joint Secretary of Ministry of National Service, 1917-1918; Chairman of Permanent Labour Committee of War Cabinet War Priorities Committee, 1918; Member of Select Committee on National Expenditure and of Select Committee on High Prices and Profits,1918; MP (U) Hendon Division of Middlesex, 1918-1935; Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, 1920-1921; Secretary to Overseas Trade Department, 1921-1922; Chairman, Imperial Economic Conference, 1923; President of the Board of Trade, 1922-1923, 1924-1929, 1931; Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1931-1935; Secretary of State for Air, 1935-1938; Cabinet Minister, Resident in West Africa,1942-1944; Minister for Civil Aviation, 1944-1945; President of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, 1949. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister for Materials, 1951-1952; Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, December 1952-April 1955. Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, 1951-1955. Cunliffe-Lister died in 1972.


44 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and the catalogue is available in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in Kew.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Philip Cunliffe-Lister, First Earl of Swinton, left all his papers to Churchill College. The first instalment was collected from Swinton Castle in November 1972 (SWIN I). Another 19 boxes were discovered and transferred to the College in August 1974 (SWIN II). Further material was added to the collection in October 1975 (SWIN III).


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in October 2004, using information from the original catalogue created in September 1979. It was retroconverted by Gemma Cook in 2013.


Lister, Philip Cunliffe- (1884-1972) 1st Earl of Swinton, politician

2004-10-27 14:32:05+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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