This collection consists of seven series, the largest and most important of which is a collection of postcards of public parks and gardens and associated garden architecture. In addition to this, there is a further group of postcards of tearooms and tea gardens; photographs of Georgian and Victorian buildings in Cheltenham; various 19th and early 20th century photographs, in albums and files, of buildings principally in the south and Midlands; and miscellaneous material, including copies of largely 19th-century photographs of garden buildings used to research unidentified buildings for Temple's book on George Repton's Pavilion Notebook, an illustrated card index on the Modern Movement, an illustrated lecture series prepared by Temple, and 5 sales particulars and three books.
Nigel Temple was a postcard collector, antiquarian and authority on garden design; he was also a member of the Garden History Society.
The postcard collection was transferred in 3 separate acquisitions: 1997, 1999 and 2002. The photographs of buildings in Cheltenham were acquired in 1972, originally housed in the Red Box open-access collection but later removed prior to cataloguing. The rest of the material was acquired between 1998 and 2001; NMR Album 123 was donated in 1993.
This Collection contains the following materials:
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Creator of Archive: Temple, Nigel
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