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The Papers of Sasha Moorsom Young

Reference Code: GBR/0014/YONG

Scope and Contents

Papers comprising letters, diaries, literary papers, school and university memorabilia, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1993


Biographical / Historical

Ruth Sasha Moorsom was born at Ramsdean End in Hampshire on 25 January 1931, the daughter of Raisley Stewart Moorsom and Roberta Isobel Moorsom (née Thomson). She was partly brought up in South Africa and was educated at Bedales School and Girton College, Cambridge. She married Michael Young (from 1978, Lord Young of Dartington) in 1961, with whom she had one son and one daughter.

She worked in radio at the BBC, producing documentaries, features and drama for the Third Programme, 1953-61. She was editor of the magazine "Where?", 1962-4, and a regular contributor to "The Listener". She collaborated with her husband on many projects, including establishing the International Extension College in Mauritius and Africa; editing course books for the Open College of the Arts; and helping with the launch of Health Line. She was a poet, novelist, ceramic sculptor, and the translator of Perrault's fairy tales. She died at her home in Islington on 22 June 1993.

Her publications include: "A Lavender Trip" (1976); "In the Shadow of the Paradise Tree" (1983); and "Your Head in Mine" (1994), a posthumous collection of poems with Michael Young edited by her daughter Sophie Young.


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Letters from Sasha Moorsom Young to Michael Young and a file about her death have been placed with Michael Young's papers (reference: YUNG 7/16/3 and 7/14).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were left to Churchill Archives Centre by Sasha Moorsom Young in her will and transferred by Michael Young in 1995 (Acc 988). Three further accessions were received in 1998 (Acc 1111), 2000 (Acc 1173), and 2003 (Acc 1262).

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Michael Young (reference: YUNG), and letters from Sasha Moorsom Young to Martin J. Walker (reference: MISC 85).


This collection level description and catalogue was prepared by Sophie Bridges, May 2003 and November 2012. Information was obtained from Sasha Moorsom Young's obituaries in "The Guardian" and "The Independent"; Wikipedia; and Toby Young's website.


Young, Ruth Sasha, 1931-1993, née Moorsom, Lady Young of Dartington

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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