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Expeditions and research, 1924 - 1990

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BGND B

Scope and Contents

This section includes documentation of Bagnold's early explorations with fellow officers in the Middle East and North Africa 1926-32, particularly the expedition of 1932. There is also a little material from other overseas visits 1933-38. Bagnold's scientific research is less well documented; most of the material dates from the post-war period and the work best represented is Bagnold's later research on random distributions. There is also a set of Bagnold's publications.

The pre-second world war material relates almost entirely to Bagnold's expeditions in the Middle East and North Africa from 1926. This material is supplemented by maps in Section D and photographs in Section E. Bagnold's explorations between 1926 and 1932 are recounted in his book 'Libyan Sands. Travel in a Dead World' first published in 1935. At B.38 is Bagnold's own set of his published papers, with bibliography.


  • Creation: 1924 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Biographical / Historical

Bagnold first became interested in the creation and movement of sand dunes as a result of his expeditions in the desert in 1929 and 1930. He began his study of the physics of blown sand on his return to England in 1934, in a laboratory at Imperial College London with a home-made wind tunnel. The results of this pioneering work were published in 'The physics of blown sand and desert dunes' (Methuen, London, 1941).


3.5 archive box(es)

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Date information

DateText: Dates given are often the dates of expeditions. Some documents and accounts may have been produced at a later date.

Finding aid date

2015-12-01 11:50:32+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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