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The Papers of Vanda Salmon

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SALM

Scope and Contents

The main body of the collection is a series of personal scrapbooks collated and kept by Vanda Salmon about her life and career. These are supplemented by her own unpublished writings and memoir.


  • Creation: 1936 - 2007


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

Vanda Heather Salmon was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, 24 July 1924, the daughter of Frederick Salmon and Stephanie Veronica Salmon (née Dalton). She was educated at Walthamstow Hall school.

During the Second World War, she served in South Eastern Command of the War Office in Kent and then worked in a publishing company in London producing trade journals in Russian, Finnish, Norwegian and Turkish. She was employed as a secretary in Conservative Central Office, 1947, and the Conservative Research Department, 1947-50. She transferred to the office of Winston Churchill as one of his personal secretaries, 1950-1, before becoming a private secretary to Nancy Astor, 1951-4. She went on to work for various MPs and Peers at the Palace of Westminster. During the preparations for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, she was given leave of absence to work in the office of the Earl Marshal and later for a short period at Buckingham Palace. She also spent Parliamentary recesses working on a history of Fairlawne in Kent, the home of Peter Cazalet.

She lived for most of her life in her family home at Sevenoaks in Kent and was active in a number of local charities, mainly concerned with disability. She herself lived with mobility issues after contracting polio in 1960. She was a keen gardener, beekeeper, country woman, and animal lover, with a particular interest in horses and dogs and was a breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Tibetan Spaniels.

She died at her home in Falkland in Scotland, 19 January 2019.


19 archive box(es) : paper

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The papers have been arranged by Allen Packwood of the Churchill Archives Centre, preserving the original ordering and numbering of the scrapbooks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given by Vanda Salmon to Churchill Archives Centre in 2009.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was prepared by Allen Packwood, 2018, and updated by Sophie Bridges, 2024. Biographical information was obtained from a typescript CV supplied by Vanda Salmon and from the Findmypast family history website.


Salmon, Vanda Heather, 1924-2019, secretary

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Repository Details

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