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Wilfred Court collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302Q

Content Description

A collection largely of photographic slides and prints taken by the architect Wilfred Court (1929-2011) documenting his work and travels in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria from the 1950s to 1968, as well as documenting return visits to India and Ghana later in his life. The slides and photographs have been catalogued following a listing provided by Court, and his own system of numbering and labelling has been maintained. The collection also includes three digitised home cinefilms depicting Court's time in Ghana, 1958-62, and Chandraghona Hospital, Bangladesh (descriptions are provided for the Ghanaian films only) and digital copies diairies for the years 1954-6 (MS Word documents) relating to Court's voluntary service in India and Pakistan, and his return journey to England.


  • Creation: 1954 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

The photographic slides have been digitised in their entirety. For ease of access, please use the high-resolution images available on Cambridge Digital Library. The other born-digital material in this collection (cinefilms and diaries) is not yet accessible in the Manuscripts Reading Room - please contact the RCS curator for access copies.

Biographical / Historical

Wilfred Court was born in July 1929 in Nottingham. He grew up in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire, and was educated at the Perse School. He read Architecture at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In lieu of national service, he was sent to a voluntary camp in Italy in 1953, then going on to volunteer in India and Pakistan. Court worked as an architect first in Ghana and in 1957 was involved in the country’s independence celebrations in Accra. He next worked in Nigeria at various universities, including Ahmadu Bello University in Kaduna State. In 1963, Court had married his wife, Elisabeth, and the family returned to England from Nigeria in 1968, settling in King’s Cliffe, Northamptonshire. Court worked for various architectural firms in and around Peterborough before setting up his own solo practice. He also worked as Trust Architect for the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust. Wilfred Court died in April 2011. (Source: family notes; obituary in 'The Caian').


0.06 cubic metre(s) (4 archive boxes, 1 album and 28 digital files)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Judy Innes (nee Court) in March 2022, on behalf of her sisters, Sara and Ruth.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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