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Personal Papers of Marjorie Chibnall, 1915 - 2014

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Chibnall

Scope and Contents

The papers listed here comprise a miscellany of personal and biographical items, including an autobiographical memoir; offprints of written work; and correspondence with Edmund King.


  • 1915 - 2014

Biographical / Historical

Marjorie Chibnall was born at Preston on Severn, Upton Magna near Shrewsbury, the daughter of John Christopher Morgan, farmer, and Maggie Morgan. She attended Shrewsbury Priory County School. She then went up to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 1933 to study history before undertaking postgraduate research, including a residential scholarship offered by the British Federation of University Women at Reid Hall in Paris, 1937-38. Having served with the Nursing Auxiliary in 1940, she gained her Oxford DPhil in 1942. She was an Assistant Lecturer at University College, Southampton, 1941-43 and a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Aberdeen 1943-47. Marjorie came to Girton College in 1947 as a Lecturer in History. In that year she also married Albert Charles Chibnall. She became a Fellow of Girton College in 1953. She resigned her Girton Fellowship in 1965, and from 1967 until her death she was a Fellow, in different categories, of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She became an Honorary Fellow of Girton in 1988. Marjorie worked extensively on Anglo-Norman and Norman history and actively encouraged scholarship in these areas, not least as Director of the Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies from 1989 to 1993. She published widely, including her six-volume ‘Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis’, published between 1969 and 1980. She continued to publish into her nineties. Marjorie Chibnall died in Sheffield in 2012. [Information from Girton College Register Vol. II, from MC’s memoir at GCPP Chibnall 1/1 and from Edmund King.]


7 file(s) : Paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the papers were donated by Edmund King in October 2019, but a few items have come from other sources. The source of the papers is noted in each individual catalogue entry.


Chibnall, Marjorie McCallum, 1915-2012, née Morgan, historian

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