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"The Tragedy of HMS Glorious"

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GLOR

Scope and Contents

The collection of material held at Churchill Archives Centre relates to the preparation of the documentary and includes research notes and correspondence; transcripts and videotapes of interviews, film footage and of the documentary.


  • Creation: 1997

Conditions Governing Access

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

Churchill Archives Centre is not able to provide access to audio-visual material unless an access copy of the relevant tape is available. In cases where a Betacam and VHS videotape exists, access to the VHS version would be possible. In other cases, access copies must be made before access can be granted. Access copies may be arranged through Churchill Archives Centre.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Channel 4 television commissioned First Circle Films to produce a documentary about the loss of HMS Glorious as part of its Secret History series. The documentary was entitled "The Tragedy of HMS Glorious".

On 8 June 1940, the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious was caught and sunk in the Norwegian Sea by the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Glorious had been helping evacuate RAF aircraft in the Norwegian Campaign.


18 archive box(es)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Please note that Churchill Archives Centre would need to make special arrangements for audio-visual viewing or listening so advance notice is essential.

Other Finding Aids

The papers in the collection deposited in 1998 have been box-listed and paper copies of the finding aid are available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London. The papers deposited in 2007 are uncatalogued.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 1998 by Ben Barker, who deposited a further six archive boxes in March 2007. Barker had been involved in the production of the documentary programme.


The collection was box-listed by Sarah Lewery of Churchill Archives Centre in August 2000. The description of the collection was prepared by Natalie Adams in March 2003 using information from the box list describing the collection.


Channel 4 Television


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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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