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Bromhead, Lt Col Alfred Claude

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS817
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Bromhead, Lt Col Alfred Claude
Date(s): 1557-1972
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 boxes, 2 scrolls, 4 mounted etchings and 1 outsize volume
Name of creator(s): Bromhead | Alfred Claude | 1876-1963 | Lieutenant Colonel


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alfred Bromhead was born in Southsea on 25 July 1876. He joined the 4th Queen's Regiment in 1889 and retired as a Captain in 1907. He returned to the army in 1914, with the 24th London Regiment and The Queen's Regiment and was seconded to a special mission with the Russian Armies in 1916. He was in Russia from February 1916 to January 1917 and again from April to September 1917. His function in Russia was to show and distribute propaganda films to the Russian forces and this took him to Petrograd, Moscow and numerous frontline regions. After being made a Lieutenant Colonel in 1917, Bromhead commanded a British Special Mission to the Italian Armies between 1918 and 1919. He received a CBE in 1918.

Bromhead became the co-founder with M. Leon-Gaumont of the Gaumont Picture Company in 1898. He later became the first Chairman of the Gaumont British Picture Corporation and later Chairman of Provincial Cinematograph Theatre Ltd. He was made Honorary Adviser to the Film Division of the Ministry of Information between 1939 and 1945. Bromhead was also a director of the Anglo-Scottish Investment Trust Ltd.

During his adult life, Bromhead resided in Petersham, Surrey and Basingstoke, Hampshire. He died on 5 March 1963.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers created by Alfred Claude Bromhead during his time in Russia, 1916-1917, and a varied collection of miscellany compiled by him, with items dating from 1510 to the 1930s. These include a contemporary illustration of the funeral procession of Anne of Cleves in 1557 and a collection of engravings of the life of the Virgin by Alberto Durer from 1510. There are also volumes of sketches of London and letters and newspaper cuttings, the subjects of which include the history of London, criminology and The Gentlemen's Magazine.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, Latin and Italian

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open for research. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Fully catalogued on-line. A hard copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Library's Special Collections Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, London, University, holds correspondence, papers and edited diaries, 1916-1917.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the Senate House catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
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.

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