The Searchlight Archive is a major collection of material documenting the activities of British and international fascist and racist organisations. It is also a unique collection, and is one of the most extensive and significant resources of its type in Europe.
The archive is made possible by an ongoing partnership with Searchlight magazine, and the collection is held on long-term loan to the University of Northampton. This partnership has been developed by Dr Paul Jackson, Senior Lecturer in History.
With over 400 boxes of material currently on catalogue, and more coming online every day, the archive features an array of material and documents related to the history of the extreme right.
This material includes many extremist journals published by groups such as the National Front and the British National Party, as well as many crucial internal documents, such as details of meetings and internal memos, collated by anti-fascist researchers. It also contains an array of material linked to international extreme right groups, such as the American Nazi Party and the Blood and Honour music network.
The collection also allows for the study of anti-fascism, and includes the archives of many Searchlight investigations. The archive also features around 50 oral history interviews with a wide range of anti-fascist campaigners too.
All of our students can access the collection, and it has been very popular for researching major projects like dissertations. Since it opened in 2013, the archive has hosted many visiting researchers from a range of other universities. We also have several doctoral students using the archive for the basis of their research.
To find out more about the collection, please go to the University of Northampton Archive catalogue.
Details on how to access the Searchlight Archive, including the forms needed to request access to the collection, can be found on the University of Northampton Archive webpage.