Broadlands Archives saved

Broadlands Archives University of SouthamptonIt has been announced that The University of Southampton has been successful in finding funding to save the Broadlands Archives. The Trustees of the Archives had decided to sell the archives which might have meant that they would leave the UK. and find a new home overseas.

To find out more abut the archives visit the website.

Here is a small description from the site.

For more than 20 years, the University Library has held in its Special Collections Division the Broadlands Archives. The archive contains some 4,500 boxes, dating from the sixteenth century to the present, centred on the Temple (Palmerston), Ashley, Cassel and Mountbatten families. It is an exceptional collection, including many materials of the first rank for the history of the UK and its relations with its colonies and foreign powers. The Mountbatten papers are effectively the foundation archive for the modern states of India and Pakistan, and in addition illuminate Britain’s first major act of post-war decolonisation; the papers of the third Viscount Palmerston include some 40,000 letters, many from his private correspondence as Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister; and the diaries of the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, reformer and philanthropist, are one of the great monuments to social progress in Victorian England. There is wide coverage of politics, diplomacy, military, literary and cultural affairs, besides materials for the Ashley and Temple estates in Hampshire and for Ireland.

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