Vivien Noakes’s Edward Lear Archive at Somerville College

Stephen Duckworth reports:


On 6 July 2016 a celebration took place at Somerville College Oxford to celebrate the Edward Lear archive of Vivien Noakes, which has generously been given to the College by Michael Noakes.   The archive includes copies of some 2,000 letters written by Lear and over 30,000 documents.   Its initial arrangement and description is the work of Charles Lewsen, here proposing a toast at the event.   To his left in the picture is Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville, who described how the College is now cataloguing and digitising part of the archive for use by scholars.  Michael Noakes, to her left, was present together with members of his family and those who had evidenced to the College the value of preserving and opening this archive to wider use.

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