Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS984
TitleGlass slides relating to Egypt
Extent101 items
Date[c 1900]-[c 1916]
DescriptionA collection of 100 glass slides, and a wooden slide box. The slides appear to be from three, or possibly four, different sources. The slide box bears the name plate of Thomas Armstrong and Bro[ther], 1868-1968 [clockmaker and optical instrument maker of Manchester]. The name of the compiler is not known but they are most likely to have been used to illustrate talks on Egypt.

The bulk of the collection comprises an incomplete slide set entitled 'A thousand Miles up the Nile', [c 1900] and a slide set relating to soldiers stationed in Egypt c 1916. There are also miscellaneous slides depicting men and women in ?Egyptian dress and two examples of mummification.
Access ConditionsCurrently undergoing cleaning and repair.
Finding AidsThis is a preliminary description and will be enhanced at a later date.
Access StatusClosed
Physical DescriptionThe box is broken and several slides are cracked or broken.
Custodial HistoryWhen the Selly Oak Colleges became part of the University of Birmingham, responsibility for the archive collections was taken over by Special Collections (now Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections). One of these collections, the Records of the Churches of Christ, was withdrawn by the depositor in 2010 and taken in to the custody of the United Reformed Church History Society; it has since been held at Westminster College, Cambridge and the slides were found amongst the records. There is no further information about the provenance of this collection.
AcquisitionReceived 14 February 2020 from Westminster College, Cambridge per Helen Weller, Archivist, and Margaret Thompson, United Reform Church History Society, when discovered amongst records of the Churches of Christ which had previously been in the custody of University of Birmingham, Special Collections. Transferred on the understanding that they did not belong to the Churches of Christ collection and may relate to another of the collections formerly held by the Selly Oak Colleges and now held by Cadbury Research Library.
Archival NoteCatalogued by I. Frlan, March 2020. Prepared in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.