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Cunningham, Admiral of the Fleet Andrew Browne, 1st Viscount Cunningham (1883-1963)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 CNM

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Cunningham, Admiral of the Fleet Andrew Browne, 1st Viscount Cunningham (1883-1963)

Date(s): [1914-1963]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 6ft; 183cm

Name of creator(s): Cunningham | Andrew Browne | 1883-1963 | Admiral Of The Fleet | 1st Viscount Cunningham,


Administrative/Biographical history:

Cunningham entered the Navy in 1898. He became a lieutenant in 1904, a commander in 1915, captain in 1919, rear-admiral in 1934, vice-admiral in 1936, admiral in 1941 and Admiral of the Fleet in 1943. He was Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, 1938 to 1939, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, 1939 to 1942 and 1943, naval Commander-in-Chief, Expeditionary Force, North Africa, 1942, and First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, 1943 to 1946. He was created a viscount in 1946. See Cunningham's autobiography, A Sailor's Odyssey, (London, 1951) and Oliver Warner, Cunningham of Hyndhope, Admiral of the Fleet, (London, 1967).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Andrew Browne Cunningham relating mostly to the period after his retirement. There are seven copies of the Tenedos Times, 1914 to 1915, notes and drafts of speeches, and papers relating to the many honours bestowed on Cunningham and to his membership of various societies and institutions.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in several parts by Cunningham's widow, Lady Cunningham, in 1963 and 1964.


Related material:

The bulk of Cunningham's papers went to the British Museum (now the British Library).


Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2011-05-13

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Naval history | History

Personal names
Cunningham | Andrew Browne | 1883-1963 | 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope | Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names