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KURDI, Arabella (fl 1947-1951)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 AK
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: KURDI, Arabella (fl 1947-1951)
Date(s): 1947-1951
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Kurdi | Arabella | fl 1947-1951 | née Pallister | Domestic Science Organiser for the BFES
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The British Families Education Service (BFES) was established by the Foreign Office in 1946 to provide schooling for the children of British families stationed in the British Zone of Germany after World War Two, amidst the post-war devastation. In the winter of 1951-1952 it was taken over by the Army and became Service Children's Education. Arabella Kurdi, then Pallister, went to Germany in February 1947 and worked as School Meals and Domestic Science Organiser for the Service. As such she travelled widely within the British Zone and visited many schools and different areas of the country.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Arabella Kurdi relating to work with the BFES (British Families Education Service) in Germany, 1947-1951, and to the social and living conditions in post-war Germany. These include an album of photographs of conditions in Germany, of friends and colleagues and of BFES schools; correspondence, including letters from Arabella to her parents describing her work and experiences in Germany; material relating to the school meals service, including a recipe book; notes for a lecture on 'Working and living in Germany'; printed material, including a map of BFES schools and copies of the BFES Gazette.

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Conditions governing access:

Open. Apply to Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Arabella Kurdi in 1999.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Institute of Education also holds the papers of the BFES/CSE Association (DC/BFE) and those of Mimi Hatton (DC/MH).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 09/1/1999, modified 12/4/2000

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