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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Hill Archive
Unique Identifier
Personal, business and political papers of John Edward Bernard Hill (1912 - 2007).

John Hill was educated at Charterhouse and Merton College, Oxford. The collection covers his political activities in agriculture, education and local politics in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He was Conservative member for South Norfolk, and held posts as Assistant Chief Whip, Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, and Opposition Spokesman on Education and Science.

Mr Hill made extensive journeys abroad mainly as a member of United Kingdom parliamentary delegations, and of agricultural and Commonwealth committees. Significant trips include a "gap year" visit to India in 1937, China in 1956, Southeast Asia in 1957, the United States in 1958, and West Germany and Berlin in 1959. An extensive slide and photographic collection of his travels is included.

John Hill was an Air Observation Pilot in WWII and went with the R.A.F. to Tunisia. He was wounded in action and invalided out in 1945. Included are his war diaries. Mr Hill began farming near Blyford, Suffolk in 1944, he lived there until his death in 2007. Manuscripts, photographs and slides document the development and management of the Estate until 1999, as well as Mr Hill's involvement with the surrounding communities. He was particularly concerned with river drainage, sea defences, and the environment.
  • 60 linear metres
Date range of collection
1699 - 1999 (Certainty: +/- 5 Years)
Accumulation Dates
1925 - 1999
Suggested Audience
general interest,sixth form college,further education (age 16+),higher education,research
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Viewing the collection
A small amount of files, as indicated in the catalogue, remain closed.
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Location Details

University of East Anglia, Library
University of East Anglia Norwich Norfolk NR4 7TJ United Kingdom
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+44(0)1603 592421
+44(0)1603 591010 
Visiting Information
For current Library opening hours refer to the Library website http://www.lib.uea.ac.uk The Archives Department is open Mon to Fri 09:30 to 16:30. Consultation is by prior appointment only. Access restrictions may apply to some material held within archive collections. Special Collections are open Mon to Fri 09:30 to 16:30. Items are reference only and must be pre-booked. An on-line booking form is available at the Library website. Microfilm material is available 09:30 to 16:30 Mon to Fri. No booking required.
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Collections Overview
The Main UEA Library holds a collection of general reference and several distinct subject and specialist collections covering a range of subjects in the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, and in support of the medical professions. Collections include rare books, archives, and UK and international official publications.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
The collection was a gift from Mr Hill to the University of East Anglia.
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Management Information (Type)
  • Archive.
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