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The Papers of Richard Thorpe

Reference Code: GBR/0014/THRP

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to a biography of Alec Douglas-Home, comprising a manuscript of the book with drafts, notes, correspondence, transcripts of interviews, press cuttings and copies of original documents.


  • Creation: 1989 - 1997


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

Richard Thorpe was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, 12 March 1943, the son of Cyril Thorpe and Mary Avison. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, 1956-61, and Selwyn College, Cambridge, 1962-5. He taught history at Charterhouse School, 1965-97. He was Archives Fellow Commoner, Churchill College, Cambridge, 1986, and Alistair Horne Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford, 1997-8. He is a Senior Member, Brasenose College, Oxford, 1998-. He is an historian and biographer of modern British political figures. His publications include: "The Uncrowned Prime Ministers" (1980); "Selwyn Lloyd" (1989); "Alec Douglas-Home" (1996); and "Eden: the Life and Times of Anthony Eden, First Earl of Avon, 1897-1977" (2003). Richard Thorpe died on 2 February 2023.


33 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid and box list is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited in Churchill Archives Centre by Richard Thorpe, 1997.

Related Materials

Richard Thorpe's papers relating to his biography of Selwyn Lloyd are also held at Churchill Archives Centre and have been added to the papers of Selwyn Lloyd (SELO).


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges at Churchill Archives Centre. The collection was box listed, 2000. Information was obtained from "International Who's Who of Authors and Writers" (2003) and "Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series", vol. 68 (1998).


Thorpe, David Richard, b1943, writer

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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