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RCMS 96 Sketch of the constitution of the Kandyan kingdom
RCMS 97 Sarvajnagunalankaraya
RCMS 98 Buddha's prediction
RCS Photographs of the Royal Commonwealth Society
Y3011A Malta, the Holy Land, etc
Y3011AAA Sir Harry Brittain Collection
Y3011B(LS) Views in Australia, Egypt, Aden, Asia and other places chiefly circa 1908-1915
Y3011C-N Sir Henry Hesketh Bell Collection
Y3011DDD(LS) CCCS Collection. Canada and Australia: CCCS Activities
Y3011EEE Royal Tour of Commonwealth 1953-54
Y3011FFF School Empire Tours Record 1927-1939
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Sir Harry Brittain Collection

Title Sir Harry Brittain Collection
Reference GBR/0115/Y3011AAA
Creator Brittain, Henry Ernest (Harry) 1873-1974
Covering Dates 1873–1974
Extent and Medium 132 images in 2 boxes; Fair to good condition.
Repository Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
Content and context

Harry Ernest Brittain was born on Christmas Eve, 1873, and educated at Repton and Worcester College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1897 but practised for only a week. His career was in the newspaper world - he was a director of many papers and journals - and was the Unionist M.P. for Acton from 1918 to 1929, but he is chiefly noted for his vast range of voluntary activities, his writing and his travelling. The list of bodies with which he was connected occupies some eighty lines of Who's Who; chief among them were those connected with the Empire/Commonwealth and the furtherance of friendship with the U.S.A. He founded the Imperial Press Conference in 1909 and the Empire Press Union in the same year; he also opened its Golden Jubilee Conference in 1959. A member of the Royal Colonial Institute from 1909, he was made a Vice-President in 1927 when it was about to become the Royal Empire Society and an Honorary Member in 1961, when it had become the Royal Commonwealth Society. He was first Secretary, and later Chairman, of the Pilgrims and joined in its 70th anniversary celebrations in 1972. He travelled widely, wrote eleven books and many articles, and included 'avoiding retirement' in his recreations in Who's Who. He was created KBE in 1918, CMG in 1924 and received many awards and other recognitions. He celebrated his hundredth birthday in good health and spirits, and died on 9 July 1974.

A collection of loose prints and others in an album relating to the career of Sir Harry Brittain (1873-1974).

These photoraphs were selected by the Librarian from a large collection and have been chosen for their relevance to Sir Harry's Empire/Commonwealth interests. They are by various photographers, including Sir Harry himself; some of these are noted but it is probably that others were also taken by him. Among them are portraits of individuals, groups, travel scenes and some English events with an Empire interest. Finally there are photographs connected with the Imperial Press Conferences and Empire Press Union.

Captions written in Sir Harry's distinctive hand (and sometimes characteristic green ink) are given in inverted commas. Those derived from typed labels, captions in books, etc. are given without them, and information obtained or deduced from other sources is in brackets. Throughout, 'HB' refers to Harry Brittain.

Presented by Lady Brittain in October 1985.

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Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Sir Harry Brittain Collection, Y3011AAA

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This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Index Terms
British Isles
Great Britain
New Zealand
North and Central America
Sri Lanka
United Kingdom
Brittain, Henry Ernest Harry (1873-1974)
RCS/Y3011AAA contains:
91-130 7th Imperial Press Conference Canada June 8-28, 1950. An album of photographs, each 250 x 205 mm, bound in a brown cover inscribed (in full) on the front: '7th Imperial Press Conference Canada June 8-28, 1950. Presented to Sir Harry E. Brittain, K.B.E. as a memento of his valued participation in the Conference by Roy H. Thomson'. The photographs are not captioned, and are not in sequence. Identifications of certain plates have been inserted in the album. Many of the photographs show social events organised in connection with the Conference, but it has generally not been possible to differentiate one garden party or boat trip from another. The list follows the order of the album, but photographs of the same event, or falling under the same category, have been grouped under the earliest number. At this Conference Sir Harry proposed that the name should be altered to 'Commonwealth Press Conference' in future.
40 images; Varying condition..
8 June 1950–28 June 1950

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