1982 was a year shaped by the Falklands War, a terrible conflict which also had a long lasting effect on Margaret Thatcher's political career . Key documents include: confirmation from the British Antarctic Survey that the Falkland Islands had been invaded and a draft of a letter to President Reagan written at a key point in the diplomatic talks which were aimed at trying to end the conflict.
|Ref: AWNS-19791205-44-3, British Naval victory off the Falklands, 1918, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Ownership of the majority of the archival papers still lies with the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust. The trust is an educational charity established in 1997 to administer and care for the papers of Baroness Thatcher on behalf of the nation. The trust has also sponsored the cost of having the the papers catalogued and made available online.
Love or hate her, the papers of this British Prime Minister dubbed the 'Iron Lady', are an important legacy of her time in office (1979-1990), the birth of Thatchersim politics and the long lasting affect this had on the United Kingdom.