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Stanton, Hannah

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 PP MS 54
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Stanton, Hannah
Date(s): Created 1938-1993
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): Stanton | Hannah | 1913-1993 | missionary and anti-apartheid activist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Hannah Stanton was born on 30 November 1913. She was educated privately at Summerleigh, Teddington, and went on to read English at London University, and to take a diploma in Social Science at the School of Economics. She worked for some time as a Hospital Almoner in Liverpool and London. From 1947 to 1948 she worked with the Friends Relief Service with refugees in post war Europe. In 1954, she began a Theology degree at Oxford.

Following the completion of her degree in August 1956, she visited her brother Tom who worked for the Community of the Resurrection in South Africa. She became involved in the Tumelong Mission in Lady Selborne, a black township near Pretoria, and in December 1956 took over as Warden. Whilst working at the Mission, she endeavoured to undertake her spiritual and material work for the people of Lady Selbourne despite the forces of apartheid. However, following the increased violence and activities of the police culminating in the Sharpeville Massacre of 21 March 1960, she found herself under surveillance. On 30 March 1960 she was arrested and held without charge, and without access to a lawyer until 21 May 1960, when she was deported. During this time she was held at Pretoria Central Gaol. She shared a cell with Helen Joseph. In 1962 she worked as Warden for the Mary Stuart Women's Hall at Makere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Following her return to England she wrote Go Well, Stay Well: South Africa, August 1956 to May 1960, describing her experiences in South Africa. Once she had returned home to Hampton Hill, she became involved in various campaigns including support for the Anti-Apartheid Movement. She also served as Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the United Kingdom and Ireland Group of the World Conference on Religions and Peace. Hannah Stanton died on 9 December 1993.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence, diaries, photographs and papers relating to South Africa, 1938-1993, collected by Hannah Stanton. They include a large amount of correspondence concerning her campaign work on issues such as apartheid; journals covering her trips abroad and appointment diaries; speeches and sermons; material concerning Helen Joseph; and a large number of photographs of friends of Hannah Stanton.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The material has been arranged into the following sections: correspondence; diaries, journals etc.; scripts for speeches and sermons; papers related to charities that Hannah Stanton was involved in; files related to a particular subjects of interest; miscellaneous papers and notebooks; photographs.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in August 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

A manuscript by Hannah Stanton, relating to women in Uganda and her visit to Makerere, is held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford.

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
16 May 2000

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