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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP167
WORMALD, Francis (1904-1972)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 boxes or 0.07 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

Wormald, Francis, 1904-1972, antiquarian and palaeographer

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1904; educated Eton School, 1918-1922, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1922-1925; Assistant Keeper in the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, 1927; first Professor of Palaeography at King's College London, 1949-1960; Fellow of King's College London, 1964; Director of the Institute of Historical Research, 1960-1968; Fellow of the British Academy, 1948; President of the Society of Antiquaries, 1965-1970; helped set up the Palaeography reading room at the University of London Senate House; married cousin Honoria Mary Rosamund Yeo in 1935; died 1972.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received Nov 2004.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Francis Wormald, comprising several scientific notebooks by Honoria Yeo (Wormald's wife) during her time as a pharmacy student, [1930-1939]; photographs, photocopies and postcards, used for teaching or research purposes, of the exterior and interiors of British and European churches, church furnishings, and pages from numerous illuminated manuscripts, Psalters and books of hours, many from the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and British Museum, [1949-1960]; notebooks and loose notes used for lectures including on St Oswald, brasses and Danish invasions of England; papers on topics including French palaeography until the 14th century, English miniatures in the 12th century and Flemish texts in the 13-14th centuries, [1949-1960].

System of arrangement

Arranged in the original order received.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services and Information Management, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Bodleian Library, Oxford British Museum

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2008

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  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Documents
  • Historical methods
  • Historical periods
  • History
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Information sources
  • Manuscripts
  • Medieval history
  • Palaeography
  • Religious buildings

Personal names

  • Wormald, Francis, 1904-1972, Antiquarian and Palaeographer

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College, University of London
  • University of London

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