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At the heart of the archive at Kettle’s Yard are Jim Ede’s personal papers, which formed part of his gift to the University of Cambridge in 1966. These document the wide range of influences throughout Ede’s life, from his experience of World War I, through the ‘open house’ the Ede’s kept in Hampstead through the late 1920s and early 1930s and the vibrant set who attended their parties; the weekend retreats for servicemen on leave from Gibraltar at the Ede’s house in Tangier at the end of World War II; the ‘lecturer in search of an audience’ who travelled to the US in the early 1940s; to the prolific correspondence not just with artist friends, but other notable figures such as T E Lawrence; and the development of Kettle’s Yard and its collections.
Thanks to the support of the Newton Trust, we are working to improve access to the archive and support research by producing a digital catalogue of the collections. This is a work in progress and more detailed description will be added on a regular basis.
The archive also includes a number of collections related to Kettle’s Yard and its artists, including the papers of Elizabeth Vellacott, correspondence from Helen Sutherland to Kathleen Raine, and from Ben Nicholson to Margaret Gardiner.