Fonds GB 0210 MABLSH - Mabel Pakenham-Walsh Papers,

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Mabel Pakenham-Walsh Papers,


  • 1937-1998 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.027 cubic metres (3 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Mabel Pakenham-Walsh was a painter and sculptor based in mid-Wales. She attended St Hildas School, Hickleton Hall for a short period. From 1960-1961 she was employed at Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios. Since then she has concentrated on exhibiting and selling her artistic works. One of her oil-paintings is called "The Evening Student". She corresponded widely with other artists, writers, organisations and individuals connected with the arts and crafts.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mabel Pakenham-Walsh, 1993, 1994 and 1998.

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Scope and content

Papers relating to Mabel Pakenham-Walsh, 1937-1998, including family correspondence, 1937-1987; general correspondence, [c. 1962]-1998, from other artists and friends including Martin Leman, Maeve Peake, Lord Snowdon, Jean Coggan, wife of Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Tom Stoppard, the author Andrew Roberts and Malcolm Yorke; papers relating to exhibitions and sales, 1959-1992; correspondence with the Crafts Advisory Committee, 1972-1979, Design Council, 1973-1976, Crafts Council, 1973-1990, and Contemporary Applied Arts, 1974-1991; papers concerning her employment at Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios, 1960-1961, and other miscellaneous items; a photograph of a speech day at St Hildas School, Hickleton Hall, with Lord and Lady Halifax as guests, 1949; notes on family history; and papers relating to Mabel Pakenham-Walsh's involvement in campaigns against traffic and supermarket developments.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are possible.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: family correspondence; letters, cards and general correspondence; correspondence with institutions; miscellaneous papers; and additional correspondence and papers.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1993, p. 82, and 1999, p. 80, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2004


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1993; 1999.

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