Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC1032
TitleAccession 1032: Persian textiles and artefacts compiled by Winifred Kingdon
Extent1 standard box, 3 large boxes, 1 custom box
Date[Early 20th century]
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DescriptionMap and artefacts once owned by Winifred Kingdon, missionary with the CMS Persia Mission, most likely used to illustrate CMS work and life in Persia [Iran]. Several of the items have labels identifying them and giving Miss W. Kingdon's name and her address in England [c 1917-mid 20th century]: 13, Yew Tree Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. Highlights include beautifully decorated items of clothing typical of traditional Zoroastrian dress worn by women in the Yezd area where Miss Kingdon was based whilst serving overseas.
NotesImages shown: finding numbers CMS/ACC1032 F1 and CMS/ACC1032 F2
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family papers
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryWinifred Adams Kingdon, honorary missionary with the CMS Iran (formerly Persia) Mission was born in Spondon, Derbyshire, 18 November 1874. Daughter of Godfrey Kingdon (1837-1910), clergyman and Frances nee Adams and sister to Elizabeth Frances Kingdon. Accepted as as missionary in 1913, she departed for Iran arriving at Yezd in December 1914 before returning to England when mission work stopped due to war conditions in 1915. In 1917 she was granted permission to undertake 4 months war service in France with the Soldiers' Christian Association (the military auxiliary of the YMCA); she worked in England until returning to take up evangelistic work in the Women's Hospital in Yezd in 1920. She retired from mission work in 3 October 1935 and died in Teignmouth 2 March 1950.

Sources: General Secretary's Department minute books, (CMS/G/C1); Church Missionary Outlook, May 1950; geneanet available at 4 March 2019.
Custodial HistoryThe items were bequeathed to the donor's family. Originally catalogued under a title taken from the records, 'Persian Curios' (title revised by I. Frlan, 30 May 2023)
Archival NoteCatalogued by I. Frlan. Cataloguing completed March 2019. Prepared in accordance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000 and Church Missionary Society cataloguing guidelines. All but standard box are held on large shelves.


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