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Collection Level Description: Papers of William Bell

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2239
Title: Papers of William Bell
Dates of Creation: 20th century
Extent: 1 folder

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

William Lewis Bell (b 1919), CMG (1970), MBE (1945) was educated at Hymers College, Hull, and Oriel College, Oxford. In 1943 he married Margaret Giles, with whom he had one son and one daughter.

He served with the Gloucestershire Regiment, 1940-1946, then moved to Uganda, where he worked as district officer, 1946-1954, Assistant Financial Secretary, from 1954, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, from 1956, and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education, 1958-1962. He was Director of Cox & Danks Ltd (MI Group), 1963-1964, Secretary, Westfield College, University of London, 1964-1965, founding head of the British Development Division for the Caribbean Ministry of Overseas Development, [from] 1966, and UK Director of the Caribbean Development Bank, 1970-1972. He worked as founding Director General, Technical Education and Training [Organisation], Ministry of Overseas Development, 1972-1977, was Information Officer, University of Oxford, 1977-1984, Chairman, Uganda National Parks, [from] 1962, President of the Uganda Sports Union, 1961-1962 and a fellow of the Economic Development Institute World Bank, [from] 1958.

Scope and Content

Scripts of musical revues and pantomimes put on in Uganda by William Bell and his friends during the early 1950s, including scores for Babes in the Bush, with photocopies of Uganda Herald reviews of the performances and a photograph of Bell and Peggy Lanning as the Ayah and Child.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Bell on 14th August 1997.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Related Units of Description

Tape and transcript of interview on service of William L. Bell as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Uganda, 1960-1962 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1755 (144)).

Access Points

Bell | William Lewis | b 1919 | colonial officer

Amateur theater | Uganda

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09 February 2012