Files from 1986-88 released

A photograph of Margaret Thatcher being presented with a bunch of flowers

Margaret Thatcher being presented with a bunch of flowers (catalogue reference: PREM 19/1910)

Today we have released files from the Prime Minister’s Office, spanning the years 1986-88.

The files are available to view in the public reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew. A selection of files has been digitised and can be viewed and downloaded using Discovery, our catalogue.

Highlights from the files

The newly released files shed light on a number of events discussed from 1986 to 1988, including Westland Helicopters (PREM 19/1667PREM 19/1671), the poll tax and the 1986 Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh (PREM 19/1978).

They also reveal discussions on relations between the UK and the Soviet Union (PREM 19/1973), Romania (PREM 19/1923) and South Africa (PREM 19/19651970) among other countries such as Israel, Norway and the US.

A larger number of files will be made available onsite at The National Archives and online throughout 2016.

See previously released files from 1986-88. You can also read about our other file releases.

Explore the files

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