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Libyan Desert, 1932

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BGND B.9-B.15

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

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: 1932

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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

Biographical / Historical

This expedition was made possible by the new Ford Model A car. Bagnold received the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1934 for leading this expedition.

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Finding aid date

2015-12-07 16:52:17+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
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