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The Papers of Sir (George) Nevile (Maltby) Bland

Title The Papers of Sir (George) Nevile (Maltby) Bland
Reference GBR/0014/BLND
Creator Bland, Sir George Nevile Maltby, 1886-1972, Knight and diplomat
Covering Dates 1888–1961
Extent and Medium 26 archive boxes
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

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

1927: CMG

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

1937: KCVO

1938-42: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands

1942-48: Ambassador to the Netherlands

1947: KCMG

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.

Access and Use

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Sir (George) Nevile (Maltby) Bland, BLND

Further information

The catalogue was originally compiled by Moira McKay in 1993. It was added to in December 2000 and converted and updated by Natalie Adams in December 2004. It was also added to in October 2005.

Index Terms
Bland, Sir George Nevile Maltby (1886-1972) Knight and diplomat
Churchill/BLND contains:
1 Personal Papers: Childhood.
20 files.
2 Personal Papers: King's College, Cambridge. 1906–1910
3 Personal Papers: Early days at the Foreign Office. 1911–1929
4 Personal Papers: Counsellor of Embassy, Brussels. 1930–1935
5 Personal Papers: Counsellor in Foreign Office. 1936–1939
6 Personal Papers: Minister/Ambassador to the Netherlands. 1939–1948
7 Special Foreign Office appointments and retirement. 1940–1961
8 Miscellaneous Personal Papers.
9 Foreign Office Papers. 1919–1946
10 Speeches. 1930–1959

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