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The Papers of Sir Julian Ridsdale

Title The Papers of Sir Julian Ridsdale
Reference GBR/0014/RIDS
Creator Ridsdale, Sir Julian Errington, 1915-2004, Knight, Politician
Covering Dates 1949–2000 (Mostly 1949-1978 (with some earlier and later photographic material), ca. 2000)
Extent and Medium 40 archive boxes; paper
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Born in 1915 Ridsdale was educated at Tonbridge and Sandhurst. In 1935 he joined the Royal Norfolk Regiment, later being attached to the British Embassy, Tokyo (1938-39). During the Second World War he served in the Royal Norfolk Regiment, Royal Scots, and Somerset Light Infantry. His postings included Assistant Military Attaché, Japan, 1940; GSO3, Far Eastern Section, War Office, 1941; GSO2, Joint Staff Mission, Washington, 1944-45. He retired from Army with the rank of Major in 1946.

During his post-war political career he unsuccessfully contested the North Paddington seat in the General Election of 1951, but later (1954-92) served as the Conservative Member for the Harwich Division of Essex. He acted as the PPS to the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1957-58 and PPS to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, 1958-60. He was appointed, successively, as the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State at Air and Vice-President of the Air Council, 1962-64, and for Defence for the Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence, April-October 1964.

Throughout his political career Ridsdale maintained extensive Japanese contacts, acting as Chairman of the British Japanese Parliamentary Group, 1964-92 and the leader of Parliamentary delegations to Japan, 1973, 1975, annually 1977-82 and 1988. He was a Member of the North Atlantic Assembly, 1979-92, being the Vice-President of the Political Committee, 1983-87.

He received the CBE in 1977 and was knighted in 1981. He died in July 2004.

The papers mainly consist of a numbered series of scrapbooks including invitations, press cuttings, photographs, correspondence and other ephemera relating to Ridsdale's political career and personal life

1094 - The collection was presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Sir Julian Ridsdale in September 2000.

The numbering series in the sequence is not always clear and volumes 85-86 appear not to have been transferred to the Archives Centre.

The collection is owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

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

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Sir Julian Ridsdale, RIDS

Further information

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/.

This collection (fonds) level description and box list was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003.

Index Terms
Ridsdale, Sir Julian Errington (1915-2004) Knight, Politician
Conservative Party
Churchill/RIDS contains:
1 Typescript copy of Ridsdale's unpublished memoirs, ca. 2000.
1 archive box.
2 Scrapbooks [1-5], 1949-May 1955; scrapbook [15] May-July 1958. Scrapbook 2 includes a letter from Sir Winston Churchill MP.
1 archive box.
3 Scrapbooks 6-10, May 1955-April 1957. Includes letter from Sir Anthony Eden MP.
1 archive box.
4 Scrapbooks 11-13, April 1957-February 1958.
1 archive box.
5 Scrapbook 14, February-April 1958; scrapbook 20, July-October 1959; scrapbook 26, September-October 1960; and scrapbook 41 September-October 1962.
1 archive box.
6 Scrapbooks, 16-19, June-July 1959.
1 archive box.
7 Scrapbooks 21-24, October 1959-July 1960.
1 archive box.
8 Scrapbook 25, July-September 1960; and scrapbooks 27-29 October 1960-February 1961.
1 archive box.
9 Scrapbooks 30-32, February-August 1961; and scrapbook 38, June-July 1962. Scrapbook 32 includes a letter from Harold Macmillan MP.
1 archive box.
10 Scrapbooks 33-37, September 1961-June 1962. Scrapbook 33 includes a letter from Harold Macmillan MP.
1 archive box.
11 Scrapbooks 39-40, July-September 1962; and scrapbook 42, September-October 1962.
1 archive box.
12 Scrapbooks 43-44, November 1962-February 1963; and scrapbooks [49]-50, May-June 1963.
1 archive box.
13 Scrapbooks 45-48, January-May 1963.
1 archive box.
14 Scrapbook 41B October-November 1962, and scrapbooks 51-52, June-October 1963. Scrapbook 52 includes a report on Ridsdale's visit to Japan, October 1963.
1 archive box.
15 Scrapbooks, 53-54, October 1963-March 1964. Scrapbook 53 includes a letter from Alec Douglas-Home MP.
1 archive box.
16 Scrapbooks 55-58, April-October 1964.
1 archive box.
17 Scrapbooks 59-61, October 1964-February 1965. Scrapbook 61 includes material on the death and funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
1 archive box.
18 Scrapbooks 62-65, February 1965-January 1966. Scrapbook 62 includes material on the death and funeral of Sir Winston Churchill; scrapbook 65 includes a letter from Edward Heath MP.
1 archive box.
19 Scrapbooks 66-69, January 1966-February 1967. Scrapbook 66 includes a letter from Harold Wilson MP.
1 archive box.
20 Scrapbooks 70-74, February 1967-September 1968. Scrapbook 72 includes a letter from Harold Wilson MP. Scrapbooks 72 and 73 include letters from Edward Heath MP.
1 archive box.
21 Scrapbooks 75-78, October 1968-March 1970.
1 archive box.
22 Scrapbooks 79-80 March-June 1970; and scrapbook 84, December 1970-March 1971.
1 archive box.
23 Scrapbooks 81-82, June-November 1970; and scrapbook 84[B], January 1971. Scrapbook 84[B] is mostly empty.
1 archive box.
24 Scrapbooks, 87-88, August 1971-July 1972. Scrapbooks 87 and 88 include letters from Edward Heath MP.
1 archive box.
25 Scrapbook 89, June 1972-January 1973; and scrapbook 91, December 1973-May 1974. Scrapbook 89 includes a letter from Edward Heath MP.
1 archive box.
26 Scrapbook 90, July-December 1973.
1 archive box.
27 Scrapbooks 92-93, March-October 1974.
1 archive box.
28 Scrapbook 94, October-December 1974; and scrapbook 97, November 1975-January 1976.
1 archive box.
29 Scrapbook 95, January-September 1975. Includes material relating to the contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party, February 1975, and letters from Margaret Thatcher MP.
1 archive box.
30 Scrapbook 96, September-November 1975.
1 archive box.
31 Scrapbook 98, February-August 1976. Includes letters from Margaret Thatcher MP and James Callaghan MP.
1 archive box.
32 Scrapbook 99, August 1976-February 1977.
1 archive box.
33 Scrapbook 100, February-June 1977. Includes letter from Margaret Thatcher MP.
1 archive box.
34 Scrapbook 101, June-November 1977. Includes letters from Margaret Thatcher MP.
1 archive box.
35 Scrapbooks 102-103, November 1977-August 1978. Scrapbook 102 includes letters from Margaret Thatcher MP.
1 archive box.
36-39 Unnumbered scrapbooks mainly of family photographs, but including some press cuttings, ca. 1905-1960s. Include signed photographs of Stanley Baldwin MP and letter from Harold Macmillan MP; also wedding photographs of Sir Julian and Lady Ridsdale and Sir Paul and Lady Newall (nee Ridsdale).
1 archive box.
40 Photograph albums of visits to [South] Korea, 1978, California, 1984; and Colbayns High School, Clacton, Essex, 1988; copy of a signed photograph of Stanley Baldwin and Sir Winston Churchill, undated.
1 archive box.

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