Harold Heslop Papers
Harold Heslop


Reference code: GB-0033-HES
Title: Harold Heslop Papers
Dates of creation: 1920s-1980s
Extent: 9 boxes
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Origination: Heslop, Harold (1898-1983)
Language: English

Harold Heslop

Harold Heslop was born 1 October 1898 in New Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland in County Durham into a mining family. Although he started at the Grammar School at Bishop Auckland, his father's relocation to Boulby led to him working in the ironstone mine there at the age of 13. The death of his mother, and his father's subsequent re-marriage led to Heslop moving to South Shields and working at the Harton Colliery. Here he joined the Durham Miners Association and became active in the Independent Labour Party during the tumultuous years after the First World War. In 1923 he earned a scholarship to study at the Central Labour College in London, the alma mater of many of the leading lights of the next generation in left wing politics. At this time he also wrote his first published novel: although it did not find a publisher in England until 1934, Goaf was translated into Russian by Zinaida Vengerova-Minskaia as Pod vlastu uglya. This tale of mining in the north-east sold half a million copies in Russia and made Heslop's name there.
Although he returned to South Shields, with his wife Phyllis, in 1926 and resumed work at Harton and his political activity, the contraction of the coal industry continued and by the end of 1927 Heslop had been put out of work. The Heslops moved to London, staying at first with Phyllis' mother while he took various short-term jobs. His next novel The gate of a strange field was published in 1929, and Journey beyond in 1930. Late in that year he was invited to Russia to a conference in Kharkov, the Second Plenum of the International Bureau of Revolutionary Literature. He travelled via Leningrad and Moscow, visiting the vast building sites of the new Soviet Union, and attended a state trial in Moscow (the Industrial Party trial 25 November - 7 December 1930). Back in England he continued writing and his political activity, later finding work organising travel to Russia in the London branch of the Russian trade mission. He published The crime of Peter Ropner and Goaf in 1934 and Last cage down in 1935, and with his friend Bob Ellis, a highly experienced left wing journalist, he produced a commentary on the abdication crisis of 1936 under the joint pseudonym J. Lincoln White The abdication of Edward VIII: a record with all the published documents.
After the destruction of his house in London in July 1940 he rejoined his family, who had been evacuated to Taunton where he was to stay for the rest of his life. In 1946 The earth beneath was published, and although it was his most successful book it also proved to be the last one to appear before his death. In spite of writing plays, screenplays, novels and political studies, only his autobiography Out of the old earth would be published, in part and posthumously, in 1994. In addition to his writing, he continued to campaign politically, now on behalf of the Labour Party in the south west of England. Harold Heslop died 10 November 1983.
Andy Croft states in his preface to Out of the old earth, “Almost alone, Harry Heslop created the mining-novel in Britain and won respect for it”: apart from his crime thriller The crime of Peter Ropner his novels were firmly set in the mining community he had grown up in and, with Out of the old earth, provide narratives of that life that cannot be matched elsewhere for sympathy, detail and honesty. His characters are not merely ciphers, and their dilemmas are not simply resolved by the solutions of politicians or unions. Life in the Durham coalfield during this period, which saw both its greatest productivity and the greatest sufferings of its workforce, is recorded and reflected upon by a man who lived through the struggle and found the words to commemorate it.
Published works
The gate of a strange field (London: Brentano, 1929)
Journey beyond (London: H. Shaylor, 1930)
The crime of Peter Ropner (London: Fortune Press, 1934)
Goaf (London: Fortune Press, 1934)
Last cage down (London: Wishart, 1935)
J. Lincoln White, The abdication of Edward VIII: a record with all the published documents (London: Routledge, 1936)
The earth beneath (London: Boardman, 1946)
Harold Heslop, Out of the old earth, ed. Andy Croft and Graeme Rigby (Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe, 1994)


The collection mainly consists of Heslop's unpublished works. Apart from a typescript of the source of his posthumous Out of the old earth, there are no copies of his published works. How much material was destroyed by the bombing of his house in 1940 is not clear, as some other items in the collection predate this, but the copies of his works appear to have been written or at least copied after the Second World War. Some have been submitted to publishers, as can be identified by their card bindings and agency stamps, and these include works on James Mather, and several novels set in the north-east. There is also a work set in world split between the Second World War and the Monmouth rebellion, perhaps reflecting his move to the south-west, and a play set in biblical times, as well as a study of the British political establishment written with Bob Ellis as a sequel to their study of the Abdication Crisis. This work seems to lead into the book, or books, that occupied much of Heslop's later life, a study of Marx. This exists in several states of varying completeness, to the extent that it becomes difficult to identify if it is one work, and if so, how it changed over the years. One of the latest items in the collection (HES/C378) indicates that nearing the end of his life Heslop tried to put his papers in order, which may reflect some of the difficulty in understanding the exact structure of this later material.
There is some correspondence from the 1920s, notably from Zinaida Vengerova-Minskaia, who translated Goaf into Russian, and a few letters and press cuttings of reviews about Heslop's novels. The letters frm Bob Ellis form the largest group, and show clearly how the two men collaborated and shared ideas in the 1950s, although there is only one example of Heslop's side of the correspondence. Letters from Victor Collins (later Baron Stonham) reflect another long-standing friendship and a continuing political discussion. A group of printed pamphlets were mainly produced in or reporting on Russia, and the photographs all seem to be of Russian origin from the 1930s.

Accession details

Presented by his daughter Maril Wrigg, March 2003 (Misc.Acc. 2002/3:30).
HES/A11-A21 and HES/B26 added July 2012 (Misc.Acc. 2011/2:107)

Conditions of access

Open for consultation.

Copyright and copying

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material


The material has been placed in the following categories:
Completed works submitted to publishers
Incomplete works
Correspondence and documents
Printed material


HES/B20 is a box of typescript and manuscript, which, although parts of it can be grouped together and nearly all of it relates to Heslop's works on Marx and economics, has not been sorted into a final fixed order.


Reference: HES/A

Completed works submitted to publishers
HES/A1   [1937]
“The Shields vestryman”, Harold Heslop.
Biography of James Mather, 1799-1873 (probably a postwar copy; see HES/B8 for another version).
Paper, typescript, in brown paper cover.   141p
HES/A2   [1938]
“Monarchy & Co”, by J. Lincoln White.
A critique of the British monarchy by Heslop and Bob Ellis (probably a postwar copy).
Paper, typescript, in card cover.   344p
HES/A3   [1946]
“Front page splash”. A novel by Harold Heslop.
Novel set among the staff of the Shields Gazette.
Paper, typescript.   131p
HES/A4   [1947]
“To reach the slake” A novel by Harold Heslop.
Label stuck in at front “S. Walker Author's representative 20 Grosvenor Square”. With a few amendments in pencil or ink. Historical novel set in Shields in 1830s about the murder of Nicholas Fairless and the execution of William Jobling.
Paper, typescript, in card cover.   323p
HES/A5   [1948]
“The holy earth”, Harold Heslop.
Novel set during the Second World War and Monmouth rebellion. With some ink or pencil amendments.
Paper, typescript, in card cover.   333p
HES/A6   [1940s?]
“To manage this age”, by Harold Heslop. 1st draft, with stamp of S. Walker Literary Agency, Watford, on cover. With some pencil amendments.
Novel about Isabel Crowther and Joe Redmond from South Shields.
Paper, typescript, in card cover.   507p
HES/A7   [1940s?]
Untitled version of “To manage this age”.
With extensive ink amendments.
Paper, typescript.   434p
HES/A8   1953
“The cry of the dust” A novel by Harold Heslop.
Novel about Isabel Crowther and Joe Redmond from South Shields. Another version of the plot and characters of “To manage this age”.
At front: letter from T.V. Boardman & Co Ltd, publishers, 19 August 1953, suggesting cutting the length of the book.
Paper, typescript, in card cover.   347p
HES/A9   [1950s?]
“This our immortality”, by Harold Heslop.
Play, in a prologue and three acts, set in Judea at the time of the crucifixion, centred on the character of Lazarus. With ink amendments.
Paper, typescript, in card cover.   i,18,29,32,34p
HES/A10   [1971]
“From Tyne to Tone. A journey”, Harold Heslop.
Autobiography, from which Out of the old earth was extracted (the latter only covers until the early 1930s, omitting the last two chapters).
Paper, typescript, in card cover.   293p.
HES/A11   undated
“Two men came to Haswell”. Play, based on the reports of Charles Lyell and Michael Faraday into the explosion at Haswell Colliery, 28 September 1844.
Paper, typescript   [iii], 52p.
HES/A12   undated
“The gamblers” Film script about Dostoyevsky in St Petersburg.
Paper, typescript   58p
HES/A13   undated
“Burke and Fox” Film script about Edmund Burke.
Paper, typescript   3,18,7p
HES/A14   undated
“Two different worlds” Short story about visit of Bob Cartright, an American journalist, to England.
Paper, typescript   i,15p
HES/A15   undated
“The monkey” Short story about a Leeds pub.
Paper, typescript   i,4p
HES/A16   undated
“The great man” Short story about a taciturn speaker.
Paper, typescript   i,4p
HES/A17   undated
“Concerto in D major - opus 61” Short story about Robert Tring.
Paper, typescript   i,10p
HES/A18   undated
“The barracoat” Short story about Jim Watson.
Paper, typescript   i,6p
HES/A19   undated
“Burial deferred” Short story about John and Rachel Stokes.
Paper, typescript   i,17p
HES/A20   undated
“The path through the goaf” Short story about George Baynton (apparently missing some pages).
Paper, typescript   i,18p
HES/A21   undated
Untitled play, set in Siberia during gold rush about George Popov.
Paper, typescript   18p
Incomplete works
These works have been assembled from groups of papers, and are generally identifiable by chapter titles. It is not always possible to establish how they relate to each other.

HES/B1   undated
Chapter 1. The argument with Proudhon
Chapter 2. The interim years (p.23)
Chapter 3. The Critique (p.37)
Chapter 4. One ounce of gold (p.65)
Chapter 5. The ghost that haunted Karl Marx (p.83)
Chapter 6. The years of reflection (p.104)
Chapter 1. The varying ratios (p.124)
Chapter 2. The realisation of value (p.141)
Chapter 9. The fetishism of commodities (p.160)
Envoi (p.180)

Paper, unbound typescript   187p
HES/B2   undated
“Monarchy & Co”
Chapter 1 The roots of the English stratocracy (p.1)
Chapter 2 The meaning of monarchy (p.29)
Chapter 3 Panoply of peerage (p.84)
Chapter 4 Unearthing the prelacy (p.141)
Chapter 5 Debunking the knightage (p.212)
Chapter 6 The mechanism of royalty (p.264)
Chapter 7 The pyramid of society (p.323)
Chapter 8 Stratocracy is the state (p.372)

p.29 used twice
Paper, unbound typescript   370p
HES/B3   undated
“Class structure of English society”.
Part I (7 numbered chapters, pp.1-115); part II (9 numbered chapters, some sheets and another chapter, various or no pagination).
Paper, typescript   1 file
HES/B4   undated
18 chapters, some similar to “Class structure of English society”
Paper, typescript   1 file
HES/B5   undated
Work in 18 chapters according to table of contents [incomplete], in 3 parts: The parvenu period; Power without responsibility; The third force.
Paper, typescript   1 file
HES/B6   undated
Title page “The traditional nature of English society”, by J. Lincoln White, and chapter one “The argument with Proudhon”. Extensively revised in pen.
Paper, typescript   1 file
HES/B7   undated
Bundle originally labelled “World economics”. Contains the following sections: Introductory; Two; IV; V; VI; VII; VIII; IX Money; X Education; XII; XIII Trade unions; XIV Education; XV Dishing the military.
Also contains sections or apparent groups of papers: “Final chapter to be reconsidered 9.1.77”; some notes to specific pages; Commentary I; Commentary II; Consideration III; “Jenks. Migration of British capital”; “Supply and demand”; “Introduction”; other.
Paper, typescript   2 files.
HES/B8   undated
“The Shields vestryman”, with table of contents but no tp. A biography of James Mather (see HES/A1 for version submitted to publisher).
Paper, typescript   i,139p
HES/B9   undated
Work in 20 chapters on Marx etc. With a few ms pages interleaved.
Paper, typescript, bound in card   183p
HES/B10   undated
Two political pieces, headed “Draft One” and “Draft 2”, both started in typescript and continued in pen.
Paper, typescript   9p & 5p
HES/B11   undated
Plot synopsis for a play, taking place between 1919 and 1936, charting the Radcliffe family and the growth of their disillusionment with the Labour party.
Paper, typescript   3p
HES/B12   undated
Start of a film script [ “Two men came to Haswell”]. Set on road from Durham to Haswell in a horse and trap, with a driver, Charles Lyell and Michael Faraday.
Paper, typescript   12p
HES/B13   undated
“Science in Great Britain and the U.S.S.R.”.
Paper, typescript   10p
HES/B14   undated
Pages 19-36 of a tale of Fulbert and Madeline set in the medieval period.
Paper, typescript   18p
HES/B15   undated
Work on Marx in 20 chapters.
Paper, typescript   1 file
HES/B16   undated
Alternative version of the first three chapters of HES/B15, and 3 additional pages.
Paper, typescript   1 file
HES/B17   undated
Work on Marx in the following sections:
Introduction or chapter 1 (2 versions)
“The interim years” (2 versions)
“A contribution to the critique of political economy”
“The years of reflection”
“The commodity”
“Fetishism of commodities” (2 versions)
“Exchange” (2 versions)
;All have been extensively annotated and corrected. Versions of “Fetishism ...” and “Exchange” marked Transcribed 22.7.74 and 2/8/74 respectively.
Paper, typescript   1 file
Two incomplete works, found in an envelope labelled “Two economic theories apparently unconnected”.
Paper, typescript   1 file
HES/B18   undated [1970s ?]
Chapters entitled
“The cruel industry”
Extensively amended in ink and pencil (refers to a work published “far back” in 1971).
7,15,8,14 p
HES/B19   undated
Chapters entitled
[missing first 3 pages]
Getting history out of the way
Creating the proletariat
Establishing the establishment (struck out and replaced by The landed aristocracy stakes its claims)
Establishing the class
Gilding the tabernacle
Conurbating the needy
Forward from the industrial revolution
Reforming a reformed Parliament
The second reformation
Financing the new class
Tidying up the military
Disciplining the proletariat
Building a line of defence
Reconstituting capitalist mankind
The acceptance of responsibility
The text becomes heavily revised in ink as it proceeds, with interpolated pages and rearranged numbering.
p.4-15,18,22,20,13,15,23,26,21,40,27,18,24,24,20,35 p
HES/B20/1-4   undated
4 files, 1 manuscript and 3 typescript, of notes, parts of books and articles not obviously matched with other material. All seem to be parts of works on Marxism, and many may be versions of more complete works above. In other cases, copious manuscript notes have been added.
1 box
HES/B21   [1970s?]
Short autobiographical memoir, in fragments, about Bob Ellis, the 1955 election, The earth beneath and his family.
Paper, typescript   10p
HES/B22   [1970s?]
Short fragment of autobiographical memoir, on The earth beneath and election campaigns on behalf of the Labour party in the south west in the early 1950s.
Paper, typescript   5p
HES/B23   [1970s?]
Set of corrections or notes to a work, entitled “The poverty of phylosophy”.
Paper, typescript   21p
HES/B24   [1970s?]
Article or speech on the development of capitalism in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Paper, typescript   6p
HES/B25   undated
Variant versions of pages from works, and other fragments:
“The holy earth”, p.98
“The holy earth”, p.271
“This our immortality”, act 3, p.32 [33]
3 pages from novel, describing launch of a missile
3 pages from novel (50,51,53) scene in Russia of missile launch (characters Platonov, Cottenham, Marshall Kotniev, General Ridley)
Last page (93) of novel (characters John and Ann)
“Committee of enquiry” 3 pages from work on James Mather, about the report of the St Hilda's vestrymen
“Taking back the river” manuscript drafts from work on James Mather
Page from a play, set in the bar at Haswell Plough.
Page, introduction to a short story?

Paper, typescript   16f
HES/B26/1-21   [1960s]
“Church finance and funds” 4p typescript, 1p manuscript notes, and press cuttings on Church of England finance and reform of church courts.
Printed pamphlets:
The finances of the church
Report of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales for the year 1962
Church Commissioners for England Report 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964

1 file
Correspondence and documents
Reference: HES/C
HES/C1-24   29 September 1925- April 1935
18 letters from Heslop's father, William Heslop, Fair View, Burnopfield, Co. Durham (in 1934, from Blackhill, Co. Durham), replies to his letters which are not present. Discusses religion, politics and local mining work, strikes and conditions; a cutting about Arnold Bennett's religious experience and the influence of fathers on the religious development of sons (C2); H. G. Wells' story “Christina Alberta's father” currently in the Chronicle (C3 & C4); recollections of Heslop's great-grandfather (used in The earth beneath) (C7-8); discussing a work by Dietzgen [probably The positive outcome of philosophy] (C9); an “unofficial” Durham Miner's Gala at Burnhope (C17).
HES/C25-41   16 October 1925-10 June 1929; 14 November 1934
16 letters from Zinaida Vengerova-Minskaia (1867-1941), at Guilford St, London, about her translation of his work Pod vlast'iu uglia, arranging meetings and discussing difficult phrases; a visit to Constance Garnett (C28); enclosure from A. Goldfarb (dated 9 February) congratulating him on the completion of the translation (C31); letter enclosing (not present) a letter of appreciation from E. Garnett and discussing the possibility of getting Thomas or Walpole to write a preface (C33); letter from Royat about publishing and the recent Labour election victory (C39-40); letter from 10 Rue du Square Carpeaux, Paris to Heslop thanking him for dedicating Goaf to Rochelle Townsend and herself, referring to a legal case similar to that in The crime of Peter Ropner, they are leaving for Aix-en-Provence but hope to visit England, asks after Rochelle and for news of the Slominskys in Leningrad.
HES/C42   1930
Language:   Russian
Concert programme for Державної theatre (orchestral music).
HES/C43   30 November 1930
Letter from Nikolai Ognyov, Moscow to Victor Gollancz Publishers, authorising Harold Heslop and Bob Ellis to enquire with them regarding his royalties of The diary of a communist schoolboy and The diary of a communist undergraduate.
HES/C44   November [1931]
Invitation from the Soviet Union chargé d'affaires to Mr and Mrs Heslop to a reception on Monday 8 November at Chesham House to mark the 9th anniversary of the establishment of the Soviet Republic.
1 piece
HES/C45   [early 1930s]
Language:   Russian
Typescript message from Ilya Ehrenburg, 34 Rue de Cotentin Paris to A. Scheinmann, booking 2 first class boat tickets for the 9 June (as referred to in Out of the old earth, p.258).
HES/C46   April 1934
Letter from Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute, Moscow, thanking Heslop for “first edition of Morgan”.
HES/C47   23 October 1934
Letter from Intourist Ltd (USSR state travel agents) to George Bernard Shaw about the production of his play in Moscow, with manuscript reply from Shaw, dated 24/10/34.
Letter from [?] 10 Rue du Square Carpeaux to Heslop thanking him for dedicating Goaf to Rochelle Townsend and him/herself, referring to a legal case remeniscent of that in The crime of Peter Ropner. They are leaving for Aix-en-Provence but hope to visit England. Asks after Rochelle and for news of the Slominskys in Leningrad.
HES/C48   30 November 1934
Receipt from Broomhead & Saul, solicitors of Taunton [for house purchase?].
HES/C49   7 December 1935
Letter from Ethel Mannin (1900-1984), Oak Cottage, Wimbledon, mentioning that she has reviewed his Last cage down in next Friday's New leader and complaining about the lack of realism in the sex scene. She ends by exhorting him to join the ILP.
HES/C50-51   11 May 1942
Letter from Timofei Rokotov, International Literature, Moscow, to Heslop requesting his help and contributions of work.
HES/C52-53   7 June 1943
Letter from Alexander Fadeyev, Foreign Commission Union Soviet Writers, Moscow, to Hesloprequesting comments from him on the publications they have been sending, and copies of his speeches.
1f & envelope
HES/C54   3 June 1944
Telegram from Apletin Soutchkoff to Heslop, requesting he write an article on Chekhov in England to mark fortieth anniversary of his death.
HES/C55   9 November 1945
Letter from William Whiteley, 12 Downing St, London, to Heslop thanking him for his letter and expressing hopes for his new book.
HES/C56   [1947]
Printed election campaign leaflet for Harold Heslop, standing as Labour candidate for Trinity Ward in the Taunton Town Council elections.
HES/C57-58   13 March 1947
Letter from Richard Walsh, President John Day Publishing, New York, to Heslop about their publication of The earth benath and expressing interest in future books.
HES/C59-60   17 April 1947 - 28 October 1947
2 letters from S. Walker, 20 Grosvenor Place, London (Heslop's agent), invoice and account relating to The earth beneath and problems of dealing with foreign publishers.
HES/C61   14 April 1948
Letter from John W. Straw, Oxhill, Stanley, Co Durham to Heslop, praising The earth beneath and asking for information on his other books.
HES/C62-283   13 February 1948; 29 March 1954 - 29 March 1958
72 letters from Bob Ellis to Harold and Phyllis Heslop about contemporary politics and the economic situation, his writing and family news. They include a continued commentary on developments in television and the media, and the ways in which Heslop's work could be tailored to meet these perceived needs. Ellis describes work establishing role of the ITA and ITV. Mentions of many former colleagues from left-wing journalism, usually prompted by their deaths. He write from a prefab in Rochester Rd, London NW1 until June 1955, after which he writes from Croft Cottage, Jeffreston, Kilgetty in Pembrokeshire.
Works by Heslop discussed include: a play called George's New Year; a play about Burke and Georgian London from the perspective of a visiting American; the Mountain (set on a crashed [?] plane); a scene from the life of Dostoievsky. Ellis also expresses dislike for Dylan Thomas's “Portrait of the artist as a young dog”, and “Look back in anger”.
Includes synopses for Heslop's works “Anna: an episode in the life of Feyador Michaelovich Dostoievsky” (HES/C245-246); suggestions by Ellis for play about a dog who becomes a celebrity (HES/C217-220; synopsis for 3 act play “Calder Hall” (HES/C269-272).
HES/C198-204   2-27 November 1956
Letter from Heslop to Ellis enclosing correspondence regarding his work “Forced landing”, submitted to the BBC and rejected by them.
Enclosed: letter from Michael Barry (BBC Head of Drama, Television) to Heslop about incorrect delivery of his script “Forced landing”, with Heslop's reply, acknowledgement of re-receipt by BBC and letter of rejection from Donald Wilson (BBC script supervisor). 2 letters to Heslop from Victor Collins about his meetings with Gerald Beadle (Director of BBC Television) on his behalf.
1f each
HES/C284-292   [1950]
Speeches relating to the 1950 campaign to re-elect Victor Collins as MP for Taunton. Manuscript and typescript versions of Heslop's introductory speech for Herbert Morrison, and Heslop's speech endorsing Collins given at the Empire Hall. Also letter of thanks from constituent, wishing Collins well in the election.
HES/C293-338   30 August 1956-28 November 1968
19 letters from Victor John Collins, Baron Stonham (1 July 1903 - 22 December 1971) (MP for Taunton 1945-50) to Heslop. Family news, events around Taunton, politics and the Labour Party, his Home Office work in the Lords and accounts of two of his heart attacks.

HES/C339   1972
Invitation to memorial service for Lord Stonham, 15 February 1972.
HES/C340-345   15 January 1956 - 7 February 1965; [1970]
2 letters, postcard and Christmas card from Jeremy Thorpe to Heslop, about political campaigning in North Devon, the progress of his play with various television companies, and thanking him for a print of Gladstone. Also a note, thanking him for his sympathetic letter.
HES/C346-350   December 1957 - March 1958
5 letters of commiseration to Heslop regarding his bicycle accident; writers include Edward Du Cann MP. Letter from Victor Collins to Mrs Heslop on same.
HES/C351-360   5 June 1958; 27 June 1964 - 26 December 1981
Letter from Tom Ellis to Phyl and Harold, explaining the circumstances of the death of his father [Bob Ellis] and describing the funeral.
3 letters from Tom, Hemel Hempstead, to Harold and Phyl. The first praises highly a typescript work by Heslop on capitalism that he has just read; the other two mainly discuss books and politics. A note on an envelope records his shock on encountering The joy of sex in W. H. Smiths.
HES/C361-371   June - July 1965
Correspondence relating to the selection of the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Taunton. Includes letter to Heslop from Harold Wilson, 10 Downing St and related correspondence with the Labour Party's National Agent; notification of selection meeting and nominations; 2 letters from Victor Collins about pressure of work at the Home Office, Bill Blyton, and the Tory press.
HES/C372-373   13 September 1966
Copy letter from Heslop to Routledge and Co. about their rejection of his The class nature of English society and proposing a publication on Marx to mark the centenary of the publication of Capital.
HES/C374   20 May 1979
Letter to Heslop from Alan Bridgeman (bookseller, Teignmouth) about James Kirkup's memoir The only child and the works of George Gissing.
HES/C375-376   7 April 1980
Letter from Heslop to Andy Croft giving details of his early life, but stating that he has no intention of writing autobiography.
HES/C377   10 May 1982
Letter from Durham County Library, requesting permission to photocopy The earth beneath as their copy is disintegrating through use.
HES/C378   [early 1980s]
Typed letter to “My very dear friends” requesting help with sorting out his papers and referring to a book by Alick West.
Printed material
Reference: HES/D
HES/D1   1931
Stalin, Joseph, Our new tasks: speech at All Union Conference of the Directors of the Soviet Industry. (Moscow: Cetrizdat)
HES/D2   1936
Stalin, Joseph, On the draft constitution of the U.S.S.R: report delivered at the extraordinary eighth Congress of soviets of the U.S.S.R., November 25, 1936. (Moscow: Co-operative publishing society of foreign workers in the U.S.S.R.).
HES/D3   1939
The Red army today: speeches delivered at the eighteenth congress of the C.P.S.U. (B.), March 10-21, 1939 by K. Voroshilov, L. Mekhlis, S. Budyonny, G. Stern (Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House).
HES/D4   1942
Stalin, Joseph, Twenty-fourth anniversary of the great October socialist revolution (Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House).
HES/D5   1946
The great conspiracy against Russia, by Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn; with a special introd. by Senator Claude Pepper (New York: Boni & Gaer).
HES/D6   1953
Speech by G. M. Malenkov ... at the session of the U.S.S.R. Supreme Soviet, August 8, 1953 (London: Soviet News).
HES/D7   1963
The great strength of Soviet literature and art: full text of the speech made by Nikita Khrushchov to a meeting of party and government leaders with writers and artists in the Kremlin on March 8th, 1963 (London: Soviet booklets).
HES/D8   1956
Report of the Central Committee to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party, Moscow, Feb.14, 1956 by N.S. Khrushchov (London: Soviet News).
HES/D9   1981
The Truth about Afghanistan: documents, facts, eyewitness reports (Moscow: Novosti Press Agency).
HES/D10   1965
The Communist Party and Labour (London: Forum for Marxist Leninist Struggle).
HES/D11   1950
Stalin, Joseph, Concerning Marxism in linguistics (London: Soviet News).
HES/D12   1960
For lasting peace and freedom of the peoples: Speech by Nikita Khrushchov at a meeting of Moscow working people on October 20th, 1960, devoted to the Soviet delegation's work at the present 15th sessions of the U.N. General Assembly (London: Soviet Weekly).
HES/D13   1960
Disarmament - way to strengthen peace & ensure friendship among nations: Report by Nikita Khrushchov to the U.S.S.R. Supreme Soviet January 14, 1960 (London: Soviet Weekly).
HES/D14   1961
Report on the programme of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union: Delivered by N.S. Khrushchov First Secretary of the C.C, C.P.S.U. to the twenty-second Congress of the C.P.S.U. October 18, 1961 (London: Soviet Weekly).
HES/D15   [ca.1960?]
Programme of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (London: Soviet Weekly).
HES/D16   1961
Concluding speech by N.S. Khrushchov First Secretary of the CC, CPSU at the 22nd Congress of the CPSU October 27, 1961 (London: Soviet Weekly).
HES/D17   1973
International: theoretical journal of the International Marxist Group - British Section of the Fourth International, Vol.2, no.2.
HES/D18   1961
Togliatti, Palmiro, Questions posed by the 20th Congress of the C.P.S.U. (London: World News).
HES/D19   1948
Britain is winning through on the land, byTom Williams MP (Labour Party pamphlet).
Press cuttings
Reference: HES/E
Book reviews
HES/E1-2   14 September 1926
Typescript copy of notice in Isvestia (in English). First page almost completely faded.
HES/E3   [1920s?]
Language:   Russian
Russian press cutting (includes sketch of Heslop).
1 piece
HES/E4   26 April 1929
Review of The gate of a strange field by Edward Hunter, in The new leader.
1 piece
HES/E5-6   May 1929
Review of The gate of a strange field by Gore Graham, The Communist review, 380-2.
HES/E7   17 February 1934
Review of The crime of Peter Ropner, in theReading mercury.
1 piece
HES/E8   20 November 1935
Review of Last cage down in The daily worker.
1 piece
HES/E9   6 December 1935
Review of Last cage down in The town crier.
1 piece
HES/E10-11   [1935]
Typescript copy of review praising Last cage down.
HES/E12   7 December 1935
Language:   Russian
Article from Pravda, headed “England”, entitled “Coalmine - our grave” by N. Mayorskya, on mining fatalities.
1 piece
HES/E13   6 July 1973
Cutting from Durham county advertiser reporting a visit by Heslop to Durham City Library, and the sustained popularity of his books there.
1 piece
HES/E14   1973
Cutting from Shields Gazette marking the centenary of the death of James Mather and announcing that it will be printing extracts from Heslop's book.
1 piece
Photocopies of HES/E1-14.

Political articles
HES/E28   18 February 1938
“Joseph Stalin writes on ... The final victory of socialism” exchange between Stalin and Ivan Ivanov, from The daily worker.
HES/E29   [1939?]
Cutting “Has Russia a lesson” from News chronicle
1 piece
HES/E30-32   [1960s?]
2 cuttings from The guardian about King Edward VIII's relations with Hitler.
3 pieces
HES/E33   [1968]
Cutting “TUC looks back on 100 years”.
1 piece
HES/E34   15 October 1971
Cutting from The guardian, “Strong arm tactics”, by Victor Zorza (on Russian arms build-up).
1 piece
HES/E35   14 May 1975
Cutting from The guardian, “Grass roots showing through the Soviet monolith”, by Roy Medvedev, with comment by E. P. Thompson.
1 piece
Black and white prints, all appear to be agency photographs (some stamped) collected during Heslop's visit to Russia in 1930, or perhaps supplied for articles. Some have notes on the back in Russian.

HES/F1   [ca.1930]
Panoramic view (2 photographs joined) of building work in Anaseuly (Caucasus) Farming District.
HES/F2   [ca.1930]
Interior view of sports ground.
HES/F3   [ca.1930]
Tractors working on collective farm.
HES/F4   [ca.1930]
Building site, constructing housing blocks.
HES/F5   [ca.1930]
Cleared area for building with cityscape behind.
HES/F6   [ca.1930]
Complex of newly built housing blocks.
HES/F7   [ca.1930]
Building site; constructing agricultural buildings.
HES/F8   [ca.1930]
Large factory building, row of carts in front.
HES/F9   [ca.1930]
Newly constructed housing block.
HES/F10   [ca.1930]
Converted building (synagogue?).
HES/F11   [ca.1930]
Sports parade, Red Square, Moscow, marching past Lenin's tomb.
HES/F12   [ca.1930]
Audience in cinema style seating (attending state trial?).
HES/F13   1930
Larichev, Ramzin and Fedotov standing trial at Dom Soyuzov, Moscow - the Industrial Party trial (25 November - 7 December 1930).
HES/F14   1930
Scene from the Industrial Party trial (25 November - 7 December 1930).
HES/F15   1930
Krylenko cross-examining during the Industrial Party trial (25 November - 7 December 1930).
HES/F16   [ca.1930]
Close up portrait of a prisoner (?)
HES/F17   1930
Kallinikov standing trial at Dom Soyuzov, Moscow during the Industrial Party trial (25 November - 7 December 1930).
HES/F18   [ca.1930]
Group of soldiers and civilians in city, applauding an announcement.
HES/F19   [ca.1930]
Agricultural buildings.
HES/F20   [ca.1930]
Building in course of construction.