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W H Knight papers

  • GB 249 KNIG
  • Collectie
  • 1962-1994

Correspondence and papers relating to W H Knight’s claims arising from working conditions at Land Rover UK Ltd 1962-1981. Includes a blueprint and detailed colour photographs (with explanatory inscriptions) of test house 'R' at Land Rover UK Ltd, Meteor Works, Solihull (also drawings of apparatus), as well as colour photographs of typical protective equipment. Also extensive verbal descriptions of working conditions, fellow workers' statements in support, documentation of background research into health effects of fluorocarbons, legal correspondence (including occupational health and safety report, 1989), correspondence with Nancy Tait, and extensive press coverage on occupational and environmental health scares c.1980-1994. Further, a little personal correspondence and correspondence re Knight's service during World War II.

The material was in considerable disarray, with most of it loose and in no particular order, and inscribed folders that were empty. Where available, present arrangement of the archive is based on an extrapolation of how extant (empty) containers were labelled.

  • correspondence with SPAID, in particular Nancy Tait, 1983-1994
  • legal correspondence: with Robin Thompson & Partners, solicitors, Birmingham, 1982-1983; with Field Fisher Waterhouse, 1983-1989; with Nick Wikeley, 1985-1988
  • correspondence re social security 1981-1988
  • correspondence with Land Rover Ltd, 1983, and papers re work and working conditions (including 3 diaries 1965-1969), 1965-c.1981
  • visualisations of refrigeration arrangements at Land Rover Ltd
  • correspondence with unions, 1982-1986; with the media, 1982-1987; with MPs, 1983-1988
  • medical correspondence, 1981-1988, including an exchange with occupational health experts at Aston University 1981-1982
  • research into the health impact of fluorocarbons
  • press cuttings, c.1983-1991
    Also correspondence re service during World War II, 1982-1984, and some personal letters, 1985-1987.

Books found with the material have been transferred to the OEDA Library and can be identified through the library catalogue.

Occupational and Environmental Diseases Association

Occupational and Environmental Diseases Association (William Ashton Tait) Archives

  • GB 249 OEDA
  • Collectie
  • 1969-2009
  • early correspondence and papers relating to Nancy Tait’s fact-finding mission regarding asbestos
  • minutes of meetings of the SPAID/OEDA Trustees, annual reports, strategic plans
  • registers and other finding aids for the extensive OEDA case file series (OEDA CF); see link below
  • information resources on employers and insurers and other materials for supporting compensation claims
  • some case correspondence, medical appeals correspondence, correspondence with the medical appeal administration, and with the social security commissioner
  • documentation of the different types of information services provided by SPAID / OEDA, among them series relating to occupational and environmental health enquiries; SPAID / OEDA publications and display boards; responses to requests for information from solicitors; and responses to requests for information from the media
  • records relating to SPAID/OEDA's research into asbestos related diseases, mortality statistics, latency periods; also testimony before commissions, consultancy reports
  • SPAID/OEDA's extensive advocacy work over four decades
  • interactions with victims support groups, unions, fellow activists, occupational health experts, historians, solicitors and legal scholars
  • conferences and meetings to which Nancy Tait and her organisation contributed or which she attended
  • information files compiled on specific topics
  • series of correspondence and telephone memoranda
  • SPAID/OEDA accounts; also fundraising activities including grant applications
  • some documentation of the creation and running of the Electron Microscope Research Unit
  • instructions and manuals relating to office procedures and information management in the organisation
  • reference library (OEDA/K) including the organisation's collection of scientific papers, deposits and judgements, statutory instruments, DSS claims forms 1969-2007, clusters of press coverage, etc

Further,

  • OEDA collection of printed material; see link below
  • ten series of case files (OEDA CF, see link below)
  • OEDA's copies of the Chase Manhattan Turner & Newall papers (OEDA CM, see link below)
  • several standalone collections accepted to the OEDA archive during the 1990s, including the research papers of M J Sanders, records of Cancer Prevention Society, Glasgow, and the papers documenting refrigeration management worker W H Knight's compensation claim; see links below

Occupational and Environmental Diseases Association