Scope and Contents
Album of albumen prints lettered on the cover 'Photographs taken by the Royal Engineers with the Suakin Field Force 1885'. It contains photographs taken by engineer photographers during the campaign of 1885 and shows the coral architecture of the town of Suakin, portraits of the General's staff, Indian troops and lancers, and the ill-fated Suakin-Berber Railway (abandoned on Wolseley's orders, who dubbed it the line 'from nowhere to nowhere'). The photographs are captioned. The captions have been used as titles and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. The album was originally presented by Major General Sir Andrew Clarke, Inspector General of Fortifications, to Colonel J. Bevan Edwards, Commanding Royal Engineer. His only child, Elinor, married Admiral Murray Sueter.
Conditions Governing Access
Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
1 album(s) (72 images in 1 album)
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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Some prints are badly faded and the album pages are brittle.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented by Admiral Murray Sueter in 1949.
Existence and Location of Originals
To view an image from this collection:
Y3042A/18 - Commissariat Staff Officers
Existence and Location of Copies
This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 16-17. The entire collection was photographed by the Imperial War Museum in 1973.
This collection level description was entered by SG, NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.
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