The files on the Anti Apartheid Movement come from three different sources. One set was unearthed in 2005 by BBC journalist Martin Rosenbaum, who kindly agreed to share them with the Special Branch Files Project. An additional batch consists of Special Branch files from the National Archive, photographed by Guardian journalist Rob Evans.
This selection includes files from the years 1969-1970 and 1980-1995, covering the policing of the Stop The Seventy Tour (STST) and the protection of the Springboks, the South African Rugby team touring the UK, and additional reports on the AAM used in our story on Special Branch and the Anti-Apartheid Movement (Mepo2/11477/2 and Mepo 31/30).
Update March 2020: we have added several files regarding the AAM found at the National Archives, which have not been analysed here yet.
- Complete report on the police logistics to protect the rugby match in Twickenham the full 250 pages (Part 1 – 6), Nov – Dec 1969. (Mepo 2/11477/2);
- Home Office file on a burglary of the AAM offices, after MP questions, 1968 – 1969 (HO 325/115);
- Home Office file on information on the AAM AGM obtained by SB from a commercial source in 1969 and 1970 (HO 325/115);
- Home Office file on a 1970 investigation into passing Special Branch info on the AAM to journalists (HO 325/117);
- Home Office file on the 1970 Sharpville Anniversary (HO 325/118).
Also see: Anti Apartheid Movement – story.
Remember, these are only the files that the authorities chose to disclose and may only represent a small fraction of the total files held. Also, what police officers report to their superiors is not necessarily true.