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The Papers of John Bradshaw Wood

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WOOD

Scope and Contents

This material includes correspondence, papers and publications relating to economic issues particularly the work of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).


  • Creation: 1938 - 1991

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 holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

John Bradshaw Wood was born 1 August 1924 in Parbold, Lancashire. He was educated at Oundle School, at New College, Oxford and then at Cambridge. His early career was varied and included work in the economic section of the War Cabinet Secretariat, the Manchester Guardian, the merchant bank Lazard's; Conservative Central Office, the position of advisor to Lord Chandos (at Associated Electrical Industries) and speech-writer for Anthony Eden. In 1957 the Institute of Economic Affairs was founded and Wood became Deputy Director in 1969. The Institute "was a tide against the age…a reaction against the tide of the centrally-planned economy and its widespread acceptance in Britain" (taken from Wood's obituary in The Times 26 August 1991). The Institute published large numbers of publications on the way markets worked and how they could be used to maximise economic and social returns and "laid the foundation for the liberal economic policies pursued two decades later in the 1980s and beyond".

Wood's publications include How much unemployment? (1972); How much inequality? (1974) and What Price Unemployment? (1982). Wood died on August 21 1991.


46 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A box list of this material is available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Wood's papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by his brother in April 1993.


This collection (fonds) level description was compiled by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in August 2003. Information was obtained from the original box list of the papers.


Wood, John Bradshaw, 1924-1991, economist, writer

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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