Survey of London: Volume 38, South Kensington Museums Area. Originally published by London County Council, London, 1975.
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In the preparation of this volume assistance has been received by the Council in many quarters and first it is proper to acknowledge the gracious permission granted by Her Majesty The Queen to consult the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. These have been put under particularly heavy contribution in the chapter describing the Albert Memorial. The study of the Royal Archives was greatly facilitated by the help of the Librarian, Mr. R. Mackworth-Young, the Registrar, Miss J. Langton, and her assistants. Very extensive use has been made of the archives of the Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851 and grateful acknowledgment is made of the assistance given by the former Secretary, Mr. W. D. Sturch, and the present Secretary, Mr. C. A. H. James.
Throughout the volume the prints, drawings, photographs, manuscripts and museum-objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum have been consulted and the Council expresses its acknowledgment of the access afforded to this material by the museum authorities. When the chapter on the buildings of the Victoria and Albert Museum itself was in draft it was learnt that the museum authorities had decided to produce a fully illustrated account of its history and buildings. Mr. John Physick of the museum has been extremely generous in assisting the Council with his knowledge of the building, its contents and the records of its history and has latterly allowed the Council's officers to see the first draft of his own official account of the growth of the museum's buildings. Mrs. Shirley Bury of the museum has also very kindly made available her knowledge of the museum's collections and premises.
References to the diaries, correspondence and miscellanies of Sir Henry Cole preserved in the library of the Victoria and Albert Museum are made by courtesy of Mrs. Cynthia Dutnall of Cavendish, Suffolk, a great-grand-daughter of Sir Henry Cole and also Trustee for the Cole family, in whom the copyright is vested. Mrs. Dutnall has also allowed the Council to copy and reproduce in this volume three photographs in her possession as Trustee.
Mr. Fowke Mangeot, a great-grand-son of Sir Henry Cole and Captain Francis Fowke, has with great courtesy allowed the Council to consult his family papers relating to South Kensington, largely brought together by his grandfather, Frank Rede Fowke, and to reproduce some drawings and photographs. Mr. Sylvain Mangeot has similarly allowed the Council to reproduce a photograph in his possession. The use made in this volume of the Alexander Estate Papers has been by courtesy of Mr. Ian Anstruther who allowed the Council to have access to the records in his possession.
Mr. B. Weinreb has very kindly permitted the study of papers and drawings of the architect John Liddell, catalogued by Mrs. Denise Chafer.
In the preparation of part of Chapter VI great help has been received from Mr. R. L. Ormond who has kindly allowed the Council to make use of the unpublished draft of his biography of Lord Leighton, and in Chapter XXIII much use has been made of Mr. Andrew Saint's generosity in supplying information from his unpublished study of Richard Norman Shaw.
Many of the institutions in the area covered by this volume have given ready access to their archives. Especial acknowledgment is called for of the help given by Mrs. J. Pingree, archivist of Imperial College, who has allowed the Council to make use of her unpublished history of the College buildings. At the Royal College of Music Mr. Oliver Davies, the Keeper of Portraits, has supplied many notes on the building of the College.
Acknowledgment is especially made to the following churches and institutions that have facilitated the study of archives in their possession, and often also of the buildings in their custody: the vicar and churchwardens of Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road; the vicar and churchwardens of St. Augustine's, Queen's Gate; British Museum (Director's Office); Campden Charities; City and Guilds of London Institution; Commonwealth Institute; Geological Museum; Imperial College of Science and Technology; Kensington Central Public Library; Natural History Museum; Corporation of the Royal Albert Hall; Royal College of Music; Royal College of Organists; Royal Geographical Society; Royal Horticultural Society; Royal Society of Arts; Science Museum.
Help in the preparation of the volume is also acknowledged from the following: Bibliothèque Nationale; City of Birmingham Polytechnic; British Museum (now British Library); the Trustees of the Broadlands Archives; Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers; Country Life; Derbyshire Record Office; East Sussex Record Office; Estonian Legation; Messrs. Farmer and Dark; Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge; Messrs. May, May and Merrimans; National Westminster Bank; National Register of Archives; Property Services Agency of Department of the Environment; Queen Alexandra's House; Royal Academy of Arts; Royal Institute of British Architects; Royal School of Needlework; Scottish Record Office; Messrs. Daniel Smith, Briant and Done; Sun Alliance and London Insurance Group; Ronald Ward and Partners; Westminster Public Libraries; Messrs. Witham, Weld and Company.
Of individuals it is a pleasure to record the help received from the following, in addition to those already named: Prof. J.-B. Ache; Mr. D. G. C. Allan; Miss Catherine Armet; Lord Auckland; Miss Enid Bagnold; Mr. R. E. R. Banks; Mr. S. J. Battershell; Mr. R. M. Bell; Mr. A. Bergman; Mr. Marcus Binney; Mr. Wilfrid Blunt; Mrs. D. Brodie; Mr. T. G. Bunce; Mrs. M. Burke; Dr. H. Butterworth; Miss J. M. R. Campbell; Mr. P. Chowns; Mr. C. R. Cooke; Mrs. M. Cooke-Hurle; Miss P. Cooper, M.B.E.; Mrs. B. D. Copeland; Mr. Stephen Croade; Mr. Brian R. Curie; Dr. D. W. Dewhirst; Miss D. Dixon; the late Major Quentin Douglas; Lady Downer; Mrs. M. P. G. Draper; Mr. G. S. Dugdale; Miss R. Ensing; Lady Freake; Mrs. Grant; Mr. A. S. Gray; Dr. F. Greenaway; Major J. C. M. Gubbins; Mr. R. H. Harcourt Williams; Miss M. Herrod; Mr. Philip James; Mr. David Jessup; Mr. John Lake; Mr. K. Barry Lyndon; Mr. R. L. Marston; Mr. W. R. M. Maxwell; Dr. Priscilla Metcalf; Hon. Mrs. Ewen Montagu; Mr. John Munday, the late Mr. F. J. Mundy; Miss O. N. Oldfield; Miss C. A. Parker; Mr. J. T. Pinion; Mr. W. A. Prideaux; Mrs. Peter Pryor; Hon. Godfrey Samuel; Dr. Margaret H. B. Sanderson; Mr. William Bryan Shaw; Lord Sherfield; Dr. S. L. Simpson; Miss J. C. Sinar; Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Skene; Mr. J. E. Smart; Mrs. Eileen Stage; Mr. P. Stageman; Lt.-Col. F. T. Stear; Mr. James Strand; Miss Dorothy Stroud; Sir John Summerson; Miss M. Swarbrick; Mr. Michael Taperell; Mr. John Thackray; Mr. Cecil Thomas, C.B.E.; Miss Elmira Wade, O.B.E.; Miss E. C. Wheat; Mr. N. Woollcombe.
The Council also acknowledges with thanks the help received from owners and occupiers who have allowed access to their buildings for inspection and measurement, and also the co-operation of those firms that have permitted the use of their scaffolding for the study of buildings under renovation.
Many of the documentary and copy photographs used in the preparation of or reproduced in this volume were taken by Messrs. R. B. Fleming and Company.