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I.C. Redwood Collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3042E-J

Scope and Contents

A collection of albums containing prints, in addition to a further 4 albums of photographs and postcards of World War I not listed here. The majority of the photographs are stuck in the albums, but there are also 69 loose ones. Many of these are Redwood's own enlargements from his smaller photographs, and have been removed from passe-partout framing and, in most cases, inserted in the album containing the smaller versions. There are some captions, but these vary in detail and it has been necessary to add descriptive captions in many cases. The albums do not appear to have any very clear chronological or geographical pattern, and with the obscurity of some of the place names, and the resemblance of pipe-laying in the Sudan to similar work in Saudi Arabia, some errors may have occurred. The dates on some of the captions suggest that Redwood worked in Saudi Arabia between 1948 and 1954.


  • Creation: 1891 - 1964


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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Ivor Charles Redwood was born on 13 June 1891 and served in World War I as an officer of the Royal Engineers, in France and on other fronts. He then went to the Sudan as an engineer and was particularly involved in water supplies. He retired after World War II but later accepted an invitation to return to the Sudan. At some stage (presumably between his two Sudan engagements) he worked in Saudi Arabia. He was a keen amateur photographer, and a philatelist who left his stamp collection to be sold in aid of the Sudan Mission. After his retirement to England he spent his winters in warmer climes. He died on 4 July 1964.


6 album(s) (834 images in 6 albums)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The photographs are generally good to fair condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Sir Thomas Redwood, Ivor's cousin, and Lady Redwood of Flushing, Falmouth, in December 1964, on the initiative of another cousin, Miss Gwendolen Mary Redwood, who had also given photographs to the RCS (see Y3058A).

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 21-26.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Redwood, Ivor Charles, 1891-1964, engineer

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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