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Notes - Catalogued, Access by appointment. Letter of introduction required.

Extent - 4 files, 3 items

Calm Format - Document

Former Reference - D26/3

Reference - SLS/D26/3


This series was originally housed in files entitled ''Herbert Weld - Blundell Papers', where possible Thorn's original order has been retained. The series consists of Thorn's research notes, collected publications, and copies of original documents relating to theworking life of Herbert Weld-Blundell.

Biographical history

"On 5th December 1892 Herbert Weld-Blundell wrote to the British Prime Minister William Gladstone about his intention 'to undertake a journey to Barca, the ancient Cyrene and Cyrenaica' with a view to future excavation. In his report, illustrated with photographs, to the Trustee of the British Museum, he described arriving at Merj on 4th November 1894 and proceeding to Cyrene, where he stayed over a fortnight, during which time he 'thoroughly examined' the city and its necropolis. He concluded that 'most of the tombs of the necropolis have been violated' but those covered by earth 'might yield results'.", The most important contribution made by Weld-Blundell was with a camera, and he was the first person to publish views of the city of Cyrene and its ruins: consisting of the Agora area, the Sacred Way, the Temple of Zeus, and the tower of the city wall overlooking Wadi bel Ghadir', Source: James Copland Thorn, "The Necropolis of Cyrene: Two Hundred Years of Exploration", (L\'erma di Bretschneider, 2005).'

Within this series:

Research notes » see more

Publications and Secondary Sources » see more

Annotated maps of Cyrene (photocopies) » see more

Typescript report of Weld-Blundell's visit to Cyrenaica » see more

Photocopies of photographs of Cyrenaica » see more