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‘1983 building industry convention', London, 25-29 April 1983

  • copy of soft-bound conference programme, annotated, with list of participants

The meeting took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects and the National Federation of Building Trade Employers (NFBTE) Cavendish Conference Centre. Nancy Tait and two students on placement with SPAID (Eleni Michael and M Routhorn) attended.

‘Asbestos in the workplace’, organised by Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors, London, 23 March 2006

Conference papers, originally comb-bound, and invitation for Nancy Tait to attend. It remains open whether she did so.

Speakers included

  • Francis McCarthy (Pattison & Brewer): asbestos - an introduction
  • Dr Robin Rudd (St Batholomew's Hospital): asbestos-related diseases
  • Chris Bishop (Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA)): asbestos in the workplace
  • Paul Meehan (Pattison & Brewer): control of asbestos regulations 2006

‘Assessing quantum following changes to the CRU and the future of personal injury litigation', IBC UK conference, Cafe Royal, London, 12 March 1998

Conference book containing programme and presentations, 221 pp; Nancy Tait's handwritten notes, and letter confirming her free place at the meeting.

The stated aim of the conference was to enable participants to understand the complexities of assessing damages following the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997.

‘Coordination of cancer education', Cancer Research Campaign (CRC) conference, London, 13 January 1982

Cancer Research Campaign (CRC) conference to launch the work of CRC Committee on Cancer Education, 13 January 1982. Correspondence and papers relating to the conference. Includes a copy of CRC Great Picnic Souvenir spring magazine No. 3, 1981, with colour photographs of the queen.

Among those who attended was also E G Rushworth of the Cancer Prevention Society, Glasgow.

‘Fifth international symposium on inhaled particles’, British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), Cardiff, 8-12 September 1980

Correspondence and papers (including conference programme and list of participants) re BOHS ‘Fifth international symposium on inhaled particles’, Cardiff, 8-12 September 1980. Evidence that Nancy Tait attended or intended to do so is elsewhere in the archive.


  • correspondence with legal scholar Richard Lewis, University College Cardiff, 21 July 1983, re his article ‘Compensation for occupational disease’
  • correspondence arising from Nancy Tait’s interest in using illustrations of one of the conference papers (J C Wagner et al., ‘A pathological and mineralogical study of asbestos-related deaths in the United Kingdom in 1977’) for a SPAID note on the Kemp case. Arthur Leonard Kemp (d.1978 aged 69 of respiratory disease) had worked as a shipwright at H M Dockyard, Chatham, Kent 1937-1973; see Albert Henry Smith (executor of A L Kemp) v. MOD, 1981, High Court of Justice Queens Bench Division
  • bulk of this file is a set of draft papers of the ten conference sessions

‘Mesothelioma summit', organised by the British Lung Foundation, London, 9 March 2005

Correspondence and papers re British Lung Foundation’s mesothelioma summit, 9 March 2005.


  • conference programme, speaker information
  • copies of slides,
  • Nancy Tait's notes
  • leaflets of support groups such as Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos Group (SARAG) and copies of SARAG and RASAG newsletters
  • copy of Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (n.d.) 'Asbestos: legislative bars to benefits and compensation: a charter for reform of benefits legislation, with an introduction by Michael Clapham MP'
  • copy of John Pickering & Partners (2004) 'Asbestos compensation'
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