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Humphry Smith Photographs, 1928 - 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 220/2

Scope and Contents

Photographs of the clocks and instruments of the Time Department and of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Abinger and Herstmonceux, collated by Humphry Smith.

The photographs are arranged in four series: Greenwich, Abinger, Herstmonceux, and other (including images from Australia and images where identification of exact location is unclear). They include press images by the BBC, London News Agency, Planet News, Grubb Parsons, General Post Office, etc. as well as photographs taken by RGO staff. Three Ministry of Information photographs of the Time Department at Abinger are attributed to Cecil Beaton. Where no attribution is given, it is assumed that the photograph was taken by Smith or is an official RGO image.


  • Creation: 1928 - 1976


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From the Management Group:

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0.028 cubic metre(s) (2 archive boxes [310 photographs]) : Photographs (mainly black and white; one colour)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

TAN 2020/001

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Graham Dolan, 7 January 2020, on behalf of Humphry Smith's daughter, Corrine Gadsden.


Finding aid created by Dr Emma Saunders, April 2021, from a list by Graham Dolan. Monica Everest (neƩ Lawrence), who began working at Abinger in August 1947, provided Dolan with invaluable assistance in identifying many of the individuals, especially those in the photos taken at Abinger. Many thanks go to both Dolan and Everest for their work on the collection.

Finding aid date

2020-01-09 15:14:38+00:00

Repository Details

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