Bodleian Library logo

Commonwealth and African Studies
Bodleian Library
Contact Information
Search All Online Catalogues

Collection Level Description: Papers of Sheila, Lady Powerscourt

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 493
Title: Papers of Sheila, Lady Powerscourt
Dates of Creation: 1927-1979
Extent: 3 albums

Language of Material: Eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Sheila Wingfield, Lady Powerscourt (1906-1992), poet, was the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Beddington. She was largely self-educated, teaching herself languages and the classics as a child, and reading on a variety of subjects including anthropology, archaeology and psychology. She also developed an interest in Africa. She was widely travelled, and married her husband, Mervyn Wingfield in Jerusalem in 1932. Widely published, the book which made her reputation as a poet was Beat Drum, Beat Heart, (London, Cresset Press, 1946).

Scope and Content

Three albums of photographs relating to travels in Palestine, West Africa, Europe and the West Indies, 1927-1979.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The albums were bequeathed to the library by Lady Powerscourt on 27th June 1985.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

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

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 610 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Wingfield | Sheila | 1906-1992 | Viscountess Powerscourt | poet

Near East | Description and travel | Views

Africa, West | Description and travel | Views

Europe | Description and travel | Views

West Indies | Description and travel | Views


Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
05 March 2012