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Papers of Dame Norma Major

Reference Code: GBR/0014/NMAJ

Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence; engagement diaries and files; photograph albums and loose photographs; and audio visual material.


  • Creation: 1990 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is closed until catalogued.

Conditions Governing Use

Once the collection has been opened, 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

Norma Christina Elizabeth Wagstaff was born in Shropshire on 12 March 1942, the daughter of Norman and Edith Wagstaff (née Johnson). After her father's death in 1945, her mother reverted to her maiden name and she became known as Norma Johnson. She was educated at a boarding school in Bexhill-on-Sea; Oakfield Preparatory School, in Dulwich; and Peckham School for Girls. Se married John Major, 1970, with whom she has a son and a daughter.

On leaving school, she trained as a teacher and worked at St Michael and All Angels School, in Camberwell.

She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1999.

His publications include: "Chequers: the Prime Minister's Country House and its History" (1997); and "Joan Sutherland: the Authorised Biography" (1994).


c. 83 archive box(es)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Dame Norma Major, 2006-8.

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Sir John Major (reference: MAJR).


This collection level description was created by Sophie Bridges, February 2015. Biographical information was obtained from Wikipedia.


Major, Dame Norma Christina Elizabeth, b 1942, Lady Major

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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