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Art and Special Collections

The Special Collections within the Library Services broken down into different themes.

National Viewers' and Listeners' Association

During the first lockdown, we were approached by the BBC who were interested in producing a documentary on Mary Whitehouse. For 18 months, we worked closely with them going through the boxes on her various campaigns researching the material we have in Special Collections. We identified over 300 pieces of archival material which were scanned to be used in the documentary to illustrate the debate and testimonies of those interviewed, such as activist Peter Tatchell, filmmaker Ken Loach, writer and activist Beatrix Campbell, and David Sullivan, a former pornographer who founded the soft-core magazine Whitehouse, named after Mary herself.

We've created a small online exhibition drawing material from the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association in advance of the airing of the documentary 'Banned! The Mary Whitehouse Story' on BBC2. The first part airs Tuesday 29 March at 9pm on BBC2 and the second part airs on Tuesday 5 April at 9pm. 

You can find the online exhibition here: https://library.essex.ac.uk/NVALA