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MS 301 Working papers of Dr Lindsay Boynton

Dr Lindsay Boynton

Linsday Oliver John Boynton was born on the Isle of Wight on 20 April 1934. He read history at Hertford College, Oxford, was Bryce Research Student at Oxford University, 1958-9, and in 1962 completed his doctoral thesis, which was subsequently published as The Elizabethan Militia in 1967. Boynton taught at Leeds University from 1958 to 1966 and in 1966 started work as a lecturer at Westfield College (later Queen Mary and Westfield College), University of London, and began a study of the Gillow furniture-making family of Lancaster and London. In 1972 he was made a Reader in History. Lindsay Boynton’s contribution to the study of furniture history helped develop the subject as an academic discipline and he was the principle founding member of the Furniture History Society in 1964, acting as its honorary secretary until 1981. As secretary of the Furniture History Society he successfully campaigned to save the Gillow’s archives from export in 1967 and, following their deposit in Westminster Reference Library, he periodically worked on them for the rest of his life. He died in December 1995 aged sixty-one.

About the collection

Working papers for the publication Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, including correspondence, typescripts, notes and index cards; photocopies of original documents; exhibition, auction and antique shop catalogues, house and furniture survey forms and tourist attraction guidebooks; and photographs, negatives, slides and drawings of furniture.

Correspondence and other papers, including relating to Boynton’s work as lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, including photographs, notes, index cards and printed material, including articles by Boynton.

Working papers for ‘A lover’s eye: the life and loves of Sir Richard Worsley’ including correspondence, notes and typescripts; notes on and lists and photographs of paintings; photocopies of original documents and other details about the Worsley manuscripts.

Working papers relating to the Isle of Wight and Appuldurcombe House including property papers, maps and guides, photographs and pictures of the Isle of Wight; transcripts of original documents, index cards, notes and printed material and some glass plate negatives.

The collection also contains some microfilms.

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