• The Archive

    Creating a searchable digital archive relating to late 20th Century social change in the UK

    The Richard Stone Archive

    Richard Stone's papers have been deposited at the Bishopsgate Institute to form an archive. Over time they will be digitised, linking it to a website and online resource connecting it to other similar archives. Bishopsgate Institute is home to a wide range of archives documenting social change, activism, and the history of London.


    The archive will be supplemented with an oral history project which is already underway. Initially it is recording Richard’s stories, but in future will aim to collect stories around each fixed point in the archive.


    Archive topics

    The archive will cover key moments in late 20th Century social history in the UK:

    • Homelessness
    • Notting Hill race relations
    • Westminster Gerrymandering Scandal
    • Islamophobia Commission
    • Stephen Lawrence Inquiry
    • Richard Bennett Inquiry
    • Public Inquiry best practice
    • Policing policy
    • Race Relations
    • Interfaith work (Jewish, Muslim, Christian)
  • Education Program


    The Richard Stone Centre will work with Wadham College, Oxford, and the Centre for the Study of Social Justice at Oxford University, to promote the study of the core topics at the heart of Richard's work, and which form the basis of the archive. Over time funding will be raised for essay prizes, scholarships, and mentoring programs for students. Their work will also be added to the archive for future study.

    Policy and Change

    The Centre will partner with think tanks each year to run a one day event to promote the outputs of the studies, and to network people involved in social change. The events will also promote the students supported by the Centre, and create a dynamic social network of people working for a better society, and publicise the work it supports.

    Oral History Projects

    We are working with On the Record to support an oral history project on Stop & Search, and also creating an oral history of Richard's life. In the future we aim to use this as a catalyst for connected histories, creating an online audio archive of people talking about their work in social justice, especially around race and policing.

    Support RSCSC

    We are raising money from supporters at Just Giving. The funds are to pay for the core opreational costs which are not covered by project specific funding. In particular this is to raise further large grants to develop the program.

    Please visit Just Giving to make a donation.

  • Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Sir Peter Bottomley MP
    at the launch of RSCSC

    Mayor Sadiq Khan speaking at the launch of the Richard Stone Centre

    Bishopsgate Institute July 2018

    Sir Peter Bottomley MP speaking at the launch of the Richard Stone Centre

    Bishopsgate Institute July 2018

  • Dr Richard Stone OBE

    Dr Richard Stone is a medical doctor who also has extensive experience working against social exclusion, homelessness, and in the grant making charitable sector. He is a leading expert in social cohesion, anti-racism, and Islamophopia.

    Richard was a panel member of the 1997/99 Home Office inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence. He served as a Cabinet Advisor to the Mayor of London, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, and spent 5 years on the Runnymede ‘Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia’, from 2000 to 2004 as chair. He has also been a trustee and vice-Chair of the Runnymede Trust and a Council and Board member of Liberty. His work bringing together British Jews and Muslims includes being a founding trustee of the Maimonides Foundation in 1985, and of Alif-Aleph UK in 2003. Richard was Chair and Trustee of the Lord Ashdown Charitable Settlement, the Stone Ashdown Trust, and a number of other grant making charitable trusts. He was for four years vice-chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, and has funded an extensive range of projects in the field of social exclusion, homelessness, and social cohesion. Richard was Founder of the Bayswater Hotel Homeless Families Project, and through charitable grants and advice, a supporter to many of the homelessness projects in West London. He is a patron and honorary fellow of the Cambridge academic ‘Centre for the study of Muslim-Jewish Relations’ (CMJR) and was a Visiting Fellow in the criminology department of the University of Westminster.

    In 2010 he was awarded an OBE for ‘public and voluntary’ service.