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General Election 4 July 2024 – an appeal for election leaflets

Ian Coates, Library Assistant, working in Special Collections on our political materials, calls for the your help to preserve General Election flyers: Donate, don’t dump!

We are appealing for donations of General Election material published by candidates in the forthcoming General Election. Please gather up any election-related leaflets you receive and post them to us at Special Collections, Arts & Social Sciences Library, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TJ.

  • We collect election addresses, leaflets, manifestos, and related political materials
  • This includes items produced by all political parties, and independent candidates, as well as other groups seeking to influence the election, in all UK constituencies, to represent the whole political spectrum
  • We welcome donations of material from members of the public, political parties, parliamentary candidates, and their agents. We redact any personal names and addresses printed on material added to the archive
  • Please bundle up what comes through your door and send it to us after the General Election, with a note of the location or postcode where it was received

A collage of election flyers.Special Collections at the University of Bristol holds the largest and longest established collection of election addresses (over 30,000) and campaign literature, from all British parliamentary elections since 1892. We also hold leaflets from London County Council and European parliamentary elections, along with campaign literature from other important national plebiscites such as the 1975 and 2016 referendums on membership of the European Union. This material is available for consultation by students, researchers, journalists, and members of the public.

Please help us to keep our UK general election leaflet collection up to date!

A leaflet from the 1906 General Election.A description of our political collections, including our election address archive, can be found at: http://www.bris.ac.uk/library/special-collections/strengths/politics/.

Our online archive catalogue is at: https://archives.bristol.ac.uk/. For example, have a look at DM2952 for our holdings relating to the 2019 General Election (23 boxes).

How to get in touch:

Email: special-collections@bristol.ac.uk

Phone: 0117 928 8014

Web: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/library/special-collections

Twitter: @BrisUniSpColl

Address: Special Collections, Arts & Social Sciences Library, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TJ

Two maps of London constituencies, dated 1900 and 1906.