Tower Armouries - Letter Books

Object Title

Tower Armouries - Letter Books

Tower Armouries - Letter Books

Date

1893-1912

Reference

RA LET A1

Level

File

Scope and Content

Tower Armouries letter books, containing correspondence to/from Lord Dillon in his capacity as Curator of the Armouries, Tower of London, 1893-1912, Labelled: 'Correspondence. The Armouries, 1894-1912, Sorted and bound April 1936'.

Indexed ledger into which have been pasted letters addressed to Lord Dillon in his capacity as Curator of the Armouries, Tower of London, from various correspondents, especially the Office of Works. Many letters show signs of having been extracted from an earlier letter book. NB p. 20: A copy of a letter in Lord Dillon's hand, but unsigned and undated, outlining any changes to the Armouries during his term in office and the principles upon which he has based his work. About 1912, The letters have been roughly sorted by topic and date into the following groups:

(1) 3 letters dated 1893, 1894, and 1895 from the director of Artillery, War Office, on behalf of the Commander in Chief, enquiring about the progress on the new Armouries catalogue,

(2) Letter from the Office of Works, relating to the printing of the 1910 catlaogue, 1906-1910, and revision to the Tower Guide Book, with a return, dated 190, of the numbers of books sold by the White Tower ticket office,

(3) Conditions of service of Armouries employees and similar administrative matters,

(4) Cleaning and inspection of arms and armour on loan to various castles and sites, including Deal, Dover (Castle and Maison Dieu), Portsmouth (Naval Mess) and Admiralty,

(5) Exhibition of the Coronation robes of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, 1907 and 1911-12,

(6) Suggested exchanged with H.H. Harrod and Francis Bannerman,

(7) Cleaning and repair of the colours of the 1st Battalion of the Buffs,

(8) Repair and ren...

Extent

1 volume

Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements

Index followed by 302 numbered pages, 128 of which have letters, some two or three

Access Conditions

To be reviewed prior to release