6 Dec 1886: Born, youngest son of Francis Maltby Bland, DL, JP and Edith Richenda Bland [nee Barclay]
Educated: Eton; King's College, Cambridge. (BA 1908, MA 1912)
1911: Entered Foreign Office
1919: Served on Peace Delegation in Paris; Private Secretary to Lord Hardinge of Penshurst. Married Portia Christabel Irene Ottley
1920: Private Secretary to Sir Eyre Crowe
1925: Private Secretary to Sir William Tyrrell
1928: Private Secretary to Sir Ronald Lindsay
1930: Private Secretary to Sir Robert Vansittart; Commander of Order of Leopold
1930-35: Counsellor of Embassy, Brussels
1935-38: Counsellor in Foreign Office
1938-42: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands
1942-48: Ambassador to the Netherlands
1949-63: Chairman of Anglo-Netherlands Society
1950: Knight Grand Cross Order of Orange-Nassau
1952-61: King of Arms, Order of St Michael and St George
1952-67: Chairman of Children's Aid Society
1959-69: Chairman of Royal Surgical Aid Society
July 1960: Special Ambassador to the President of the Malagasy Republic
1960-70: Re-appointed to Foreign Service as Special Representative of the Secretary of State
19 Aug 1972: Died
The archive consists mainly of family correspondence. It is possible from his correspondence to trace Sir Nevile's life from his time at Cheam through his studies at Eton and King's College, Cambridge and his career in the Diplomatic service to his retirement and beyond. Although the collection mainly comprises family letters, within these some reference is made to Foreign Office matters. The family correspondence and other personal papers are contained in Sections 1 - 8 and are, with the exception of the miscellaneous section 8, in chronological order. Section 9 consists of letters, reports and other papers which specifically relate to Foreign Service business. The final contains speeches made by Sir Nevile.
The papers of Sir Nevile Bland were deposited in the Churchill Archives Centre by his son Sir Simon Bland in May 1992. A further deposit (Accession 970) was deposited in October 1994.
There is evidence to suggest that Sir Nevile's wife, Portia, was responsible for keeping many of the papers - in a letter of 10th February 1936, Sir Nevile tells his father of her keeping "the family archive" (BLND 5/3). Where possible the original structure of the collection as it was deposited has been maintained, i.e. the papers remain in chronological order, however for ease of reference some division into sections and subsections has been made.