Muriel Taylor Collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains minutes of committees with which Muriel Taylor was involved; information on James Burns House, on wheelchairs and building design for disabled people, on the Leonard Cheshire Foundation's contacts with government, entries for an Leonard Cheshire Foundation literary award which she adjudicated, drafts of Leonard Cheshire Foundation's charter, thoughts on ethics of photographing disabled people,background papers as a working Trustee,letter from Leonard Cheshire re his illness, and notes from her on how to maintain spirit of Founder after his death. There is also an album of photos and correspondence with Trivandrum Cheshire Home India with which James Burns House was twinned.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Tynemouth, Northumberland in 1931, Muriel Taylor grew up in Tintwhistle, Derbyshire as the daughter of a vicar. In adult life, Muriel was an English teacher until increasing disability meant she decided to give up her career. In 1977 she became a founder resident of James Burns House, a residential Leonard Cheshire service in Bournemouth, Dorset. She played an active role in connection with residents' matters on local and central committees, in particular helping to draft internal handbooks. On 6 Sept 1986 she became the first woman to be appointed a Trustee of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation whilst resident in a Cheshire Home. Muriel died in 1995.


Files and loose sheets arranged by subject over four boxes.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is granted by appointment with the Archivist, address: Leonard Cheshire Disability Archive Centre, Newlands House, Main Street, Netherseal, South Derbyshire, DE12 8DA email

Acquisition Information

Papers were donated by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation's Wales and West Midlands Regional Office in 1996.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is subject to copyright law and access is subject to the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation.