Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US157
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Sheila Harris
Extent1 file
DescriptionFolder containing photographs, newsletters and other material relating to the work of the Department of Physics and Space Research at the University of Birmingham in the 1970s and 1980s. The folder was compiled by Sheila Harris in the course of her work as a member of administrative staff in the Department of Physics and Space Research and includes photographs and ephemera relating to her retirement in 1992, and typed biographical notes, order of service, and typed copy of tribute by Lisa Garbett to Sheila Harris, read at her funeral in 2019

Papers comprise: colour photographs of Sheila Harris and members of staff and students, Department of Physics including Peter Willmore, Chris Goodall, Ken Elliott, Gerry Skinner, Trevor Ponman, John Herring, staff and students in the Electronics laboratory, 1980s; leaflet giving details about Physics with Astrophysics course and photographs of the first graduates from this course, 1980s; black and white and colour photographs taken at the inauguration of the University Observatory, featuring Peter Willmore, Francis Graham Smith [Astronomer Royal], Edward Marsland [Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham], Dave Smith, Tony Prior, Chris Eyles, John Herring, Dave Bedford, Mike Church, Pat Wallace, Trevor Ponman, Phil Harper, Grahame Alfrey, Andy Pollock, Ray Hartwell, Harry Morris, and Bon van der Raay, 1980s; copies of University of Birmingham Bulletin containing article by Peter Willmore on the Ariel V satellite, 8 November 1976, and notice about lecture by Peter Willmore on solar energy, 30 October 1978; press cutting from 'Birmingham Daily News' containing article about repairs to x ray telescope carried out by Soviet cosmonauts following advice by Gerald Skinner, University of Birmingham, 1988; copy of Physics and Space Research Newsletter, 1992; copy of School of Physics and Space Research Weekly Bulletin October 1992 including notice about retirement presentation to Sheila Harris, with colour photographs taken at retirement presentation, and cards presented to Sheila Harris at the event, together with note of appreciation from Peter Willmore, and from Professor A. M. Cruise, Head, Astrophysics Division, Space Science Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and certificate of life membership of the University of Birmingham Astronomical Society; set of colour photographs of the Spacelab 2 x ray telescope [XRT] in Birmingham, at the Goddard Spaceflight Centre, and at Marshall Spaceflight Center, including photograph showing members of the Spacelab 2 mission team at Birmingham for a training session, and NASA photographic prints and artists illustrations of space shuttle launches, 1970s-1980s; order of service, copy of tribute by Lisa Garbett to Sheila Harris, and typed biographical notes, 2019
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Access StatusOpen
Creator NameSheila Harris (1932-2019), administrator
Administrative HistorySheila Harris was born on 3 August 1932. She was the only child of Florence and Charles Harris, and was born and grew up in Kings Heath, Birmingham. She attended Colmore Road School and Kings Norton Grammar School for Girls. She joined the Women's Royal Air Force [WRAF] in her early twenties, and served in Germany as a flight plotter. She resigned after four years to get married to her fiance, but later broke off the engagement. She worked for many years as an administrator in the Department of Space Research at the University of Birmingham, and was personal assistant to Professor Peter Willmore, which included making arrangements for visitors from both the USA and USSR space programmes to visit the University of Birmingham. Away from work, she was interested in travel and went on a number of holidays with friends, both in the UK and in other countries. She lived in the family home for the whole of her parents' lives, but in later life she moved to a flat in Selly Wick Drive. She retired from the University of Birmingham in 1992 and continued to undertake voluntary work and to devote time to her interests in travel, history, and music. She moved to sheltered accommodation in 2014 and then to a care home in 2018. Sheila Harris died on 16 December 2019
Source: information provided by donor
AcquisitionPresented by Lisa Garbett per Peter Willmore, February 2020
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