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Recently Discovered Papers Shed New Light on Founding of the College

Friday 25 April 2014

Exciting treasures are often making their way through the doors of Keble College Archives, many of which have been re-discovered by old members and brought back into the light after decades of being tucked away in the most unusual of places.

As St. Mark's Day and the anniversary of the foundation of our College approaches it is appropriate to draw attention to a notable new accession to the Archives. This is a collection of papers discovered late last year in an Oxford attic. Appearing to have belonged to Henry Pellew Esq., Honorary Secretary to the Keble Memorial Fund these papers document the tireless work of the Keble Memorial Fund from 1866 as they strived to raise their target of £50,000 to establish the new College in Oxford. Amongst this splendid find are the draft rules and regulations for the Keble Memorial Fund; subscription papers; details of subscribers in arrears; a sketch of statutes discussed at a meeting of the Keble Memorial Committee in 1867; a Treasurer’s Report and a report recommending the purchase of the College site by the architect William Butterfield.