File 1 - 'Alice - a fight for life' (1982)

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GB 249 OEDA CM/7/1

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'Alice - a fight for life' (1982)

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  • 1969-1988, 1993 (Creation)

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8 folders
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From two lever arch files inscribed “Chase Manhattan on Alice | who worked at Cape's Acre Mill' and 'T & N & media (and Cape) | Chace [sic] Manhattan”

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Corporate correspondence and papers re media coverage on the asbestos industry, in particular the Yorkshire Television documentary ‘Alice: a fight for life’ (broadcast 20 July 1982). The programme was named after Alice Jefferson, who developed malignant pleural mesothelioma thirty years after working at an asbestos plant for a few months as a teenager. The film documented her last days and explored the health issues surrounding the manufacture and use of asbestos products.

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  • formal complaint to the Independent Broadcasting Authority by Wilfred Penney (Asbestos Information Centre)
  • T&N's extensive point by point refutations of statements made in the documentary, among them the allegation that T&N had removed four pages from the evidence it submitted to the Advisory Committee on Asbestos (Simpson Committee) in 1976-1977; presumably the tables 'Airborne asbestos dust survey results' 1961-1972, see http://atom.lib.strath.ac.uk/oeda-turner-newall-tables-to-aca )

The bulk of the file dates from 1982-1983. Covering correspondence with Chase Manhattan is dated 1993.

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  • English

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