Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC1001
TitleAccession 1001: Papers of Irene Winifred Tatham
Extent2 volumes, 3 items
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DescriptionPersonal papers of Irene Tatham compiled in the years after she resigned from working as a CMS missionary nurse in India. Including a scrapbook recording her trip to Italy in the year after her resignation (1938), an album presented to her when she retired as Principal of 'Foxbury', [the Church Missionary Society Women's training college] in 1957 and diplomas and licenses awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Gloucester 1945-1960.
NotesImages shown are from the Foxbury presentation album (CMS/ACC1001 F2); Irene Tatham is depicted (front centre) in the picture of the standing group taken on 'Guild Day', June 1957.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Official Papers
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryIrene Tatham, SRN, S.Th, worked as a nurse in India before being recruited by the Church Missionary Society to work in Bengal. Under CMS, she nursed at Hiranpur Hospital 1932-1936. Her health caused her to return to England on furlough in 1936 and, in 1937, she resigned as she felt unable to return to India to take up a new post training nurses at Hiranpur. She remained in contact with CMS in England and, in 1942, joined the CMS Medical Committee. In 1948, she was appointed Principal of 'Foxbury', the CMS Women's Training College in Chiselhurst, Kent, England, a position which she continued to hold until she retired in 1957. Prior to her death, she lived with fellow CMS nurse, (Bertha) Muriel Tisdall, whom she met at Foxbury. Muriel Tisdall trained at Foxbury before working in Iran 1945-1953 and the Harpur Memorial Medical Hospital, Old Cairo, Egypt 1961-1964/65. (Sources: CMS Year Book 1964-1965, General Secretary's Department minute books; CMS name card index)
Custodial HistoryThe volumes were found at the home of Muriel Tisdall, the donor's aunt, after her death.
AcquisitionThe albums were presented by Caroline Tisdall, November 2012; further papers were received from the donor in 2017.
Archival NoteCatalogued by I. Frlan. Catalogued January 2013; additions to the collection were catalogued October 2017. Prepared in accordance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000 and Church Missionary Society cataloguing guidelines.


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