Records of the Bishop Tugwell Diocesan Fund

Scope and Content

This collection comprises official records of the Bishop Tugwell Diocesan Fund which includes committee minutes, annual financial correspondence, circulars, and annual reports, 1895-1948. Other material includes printed material and leaflets relating to diocesan work in West Africa and photographs of missionaries and church buildings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Administrative/Biographical History

The Bishop Tugwell Diocesan Fund was established in 1895 following an appeal by Bishop Herbert Tugwell, as Bishop of West Equatorial Africa, for a separate independent fund to be put at his disposal in order to promote branches of his work which could not be met from the fiunds of the Church Missionary Society. A Committee was appointed to act as trustees, to collect contributions and to administer the fund. Following diocesan reorganisation the fund was used to assist work in the dioceses of Lagos and the Niger in Western Equatorial Africa.

Reference: Minutes of the Bishop Tugwell Diocesan Fund


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Official Papers

Access Information

Access Conditions

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited with the CMS by the Secretaries of the Nigerian Fellowship, March 1976; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

Other Finding Aids

See full catalogue for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 150 CMS), which includes papers relating its work in West Africa and the work of Bishop Tugwell. The Orchard Learning Resources Centre holds the Tugwell Collection, a collection of correspondence, diaries and other papers of Herbert Tugwell and his wife, Dorothy, 1887-1937 (GB 151 DA44).

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department and the Orchard Learning Resources Centre hold a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.