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The Papers of Con Condren

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CNDN

Scope and Contents

Photographs of subjects including air defences, wireless equipment and V2 rockets and a letter on the Blitz, 1940.


  • Creation: 1940 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

William Joseph Condren was born in Bermondsey, 1900. He married Beatrice Deal in 1926, with whom he had one son.

He worked in a munitions factory in Woolwich, 1914-18. After the war he worked with his father as a window cleaner and odd job man, 1918-39. He took an evening course in photography at the Vicarage Lane Institute and won various prizes as an amateur photographer, including the London County Council Camera Club prize in 1937 and the Goldthorpe Challenge Cup in 1939.

He worked as a government photographer at the Royal Armament Research Department, Woolwich, 1939-45. He participated in Operation Backfire, travelling to Germany as part of a team to evaluate V2 rockets and photograph test firings near Cuxhaven, 1945. He was Chief Government Photographer at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, 1945-60, where he worked on scientific filmmaking and photography nuclear processes and materials. He was Head of Labour and Public Relations at Atomic Power Constructions Ltd, 1960-5, and a consultant and adviser to United Gas Industries, 1965-70.

He died in London in 1975.


3 archive box(es)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

All the photographs are black and white prints.

Other Finding Aids

Copies of the collection level description and catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The photographs (CNDN 1-21) were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Conal Condren, 1996-7, while CNDN 22 was given by Conal and Patrick Condren in 2007.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, August 2004. The collection was catalogued by Averil Condren, 1997. Biographical information was obtained from the Condren family.

Date information

DateText: 1940-54, 1970.


Condren, William Joseph, 1900-1975, photographer

2004-08-16 13:49:20+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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