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Personal Papers of Dorothy J Thompson, 1958 - 2010

 Fonds — Container: GCPP Thompson
Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Thompson

Scope and Contents

Detailed account book kept by Dorothy Thompson (née Walbank) showing her income and expenditure for her first year at Girton, 1958-1959, and expenditure on clothes, 1961-63, and on a reading week in Cornwall, Easter 1959, and a trip to Greece, summer 1959. Dorothy had a state scholarship and she notes that ‘her parents gave me exactly what they were told to by the state’. In addition her mother gave her £25 for clothes, and her contemporaries kept reminding her that she didn’t have many clothes. Together with an accompanying letter from Dorothy Thompson, February 2010. The file also contains a Girton College Reading List for Greek and Latin authors, circa 1958.


  • 1958 - 2010


Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Walbank was born on 31 May 1939 in Liverpool, the daughter of Professor Frank William Walbank and Mary Woodward Fox. She was educated at Birkenhead High School and came up to Girton to read Classics 1958-1961. After completing a PGCE in Bristol she returned to Girton in 1962 as a research student working on Hellenistic Egypt. She gained her MA in 1965 and her PhD in 1966. She was appointed the Eugenie Strong Research Fellow and a College Lecturer in Classics and History in 1965, and became an Official Fellow and Lecturer in Classics and History in 1968. She directed studies in Classics 1983 -2006. She was Graduate Tutor (Arts) 1971-1981 and Senior Tutor 1981-1982 and held various other College posts. She was a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, lecturing mainly in the field of ancient history. On her retirement in 2006 she was elected a Life Fellow of Girton. She was President of the Cambridge Classics Association, 1987-90; President of the International Association of Papyrologists, 2001-07; and is a Fellow of the British Academy. She was also actively involved in the development of the Lawrence Room, Girton College’s museum. She was awarded an Hon D.Litt by Liverpool University in July 2013.


1 file(s) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Account book donated by Dorothy Thompson, February 2010. Reading list donated by D T, May 2016.

Date information

DateText: 1958-1963 and 2010.


Thompson, Dorothy Joan, 1939- , née Walbank, formerly Crawford, classical historian

Finding aid date

2010-03-12 09:40:32+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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