Papers of Dr Miriam Ethel Hebron

Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of Dr Miriam Ethel Hebron (nee Highfield). Papers include research notes and slides relating to religious iconography, drafts of her work on pyschological, religious and iconographical subjects, proof copies of the book 'Statistical Studies of the Iconography of the Dragon in Biblical texts of the 13th and 14th centuries', published editions of her some of her works, copies of her unpublished essays, reviews of her work, correspondence, and a volume presented to her husband upon his leaving St Mary's Church in Cottingham.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born Miriam Ethel Highfield in the first half of the 20th century Dr Miriam Hebron was a psychologist and art historian with an interest in education and religious iconography. She researched and published in these fields and her published works include 'A survey of rewards and punishments in schools: a report based on researches carried out' written as M.E. Highfield alongside A. Pinsent, 'Motivated Learning: A Developmental Study from Birth to Senium' published by Methuen & Co Ltd in 1966, and the 1985 self-published 'Statistical Studies of the Iconography of the Dragon in Biblical texts of the 13th and 14th centuries'. In the course of her research Dr Hebron undertook a number of oversees trips to various places including Ravenne, Venice, Padua, Torcello, and the USSR. Having gained a PhD at the University of London, she married Reverend William Reginald Hebron in 1954 whilst he was serving as rector of St Mary's Church in Cottingham, and began working as a lecturer at the psychology department of the University of Hull in 1958. She continued in this position until 1971 during which time she was living at St Michaels Close, Skidby, Cottingham. On the 8 November 1974 she was admitted as a Reader of the Church of England in the diocese of York before being transferred to the diocese of London when she left her address at Cottingham and bought a flat at Julian Court, Camden Road, London. As part of an assessment for the award of the Archbishops' Diploma for Readers (A.Dip.R) she went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where she visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 1969. In 1993 Dr Hebron sold the flat at Julian Court with the intention of moving into the country. At this time she was having trouble with her sight and it appears she had to give up driving. Dr Hebron died in 1996.


U DX317/1 Research Materials, 1970s

U DX317/2 Drafts, 1960s

U DX317/3 Proofs, early 1980s

U DX317/4 Publications, 1966-1985

U DX317/5 Unpublished Material, c.1970s

U DX317/6 Reviews, 1986

U DX317/7 Correspondence, 1971-1995

U DX317/8 Papers of Reverend William Reginald Hebron, 1958

Access Information

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Donated by Dr Miriam Hebron in 1996