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Cecil Gould's diaries and travel notes



Cecil Gould's diaries and travel notes



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Cecil Gould started to keep a diary in 1936 when he was living with his mother, her friend Miss Gurney, and his sister in Kew and attending Westminster School. They cover his Wartime service, employment at the National Gallery and his retirement in Thorncombe in Somerset. The handwritten diaries detail daily events in both his professional and personal life, and include comment on world events and politics. Some entries are written in shorthand.

The series is incomplete and some volumes are missing. There is a notable gap from 1946-1954. Gould states in NGA17/3/2 p46 'Taking the rather bulky form of the diary which I had been using until then was unsuited to the impending situation [War]. I concluded it and put it away, transferring to some small format, which I have since lost'.

Some volumes of the diary have enclosures such as press cuttings and postcards. These have been catalogued separately

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