Scope and Content

Consists of Chivers' own research notes, that were the basis for his writings, and include his notes for the project; History With A Future. Combined with these records, are documents relating to the Shire Horse Society and local Shire Horse Societies, Stud records including many Stud Cards, and Show and Sale Catalogues. There is also a large Photograph Collection: The Donald Hanson Shire Horse Picture Library. Also related to the collection are many specialist books on the subject 1825-1998

Administrative / Biographical History

Keith Chivers held a lifelong interest in Shire Horses, which is displayed by his active work researching the breed, culminating in his numerous published works. His book, The Shire Horse, A History of the Breed, the Society and the Men, is regarded as the definitive history of these horses. He was also a regular contributor to the Shire Horse publications; Heavy Horse World, and Heavy Horse and Driving, from the 1970's up until his death in 1998. During the 1980's he played an important role in the Shire Horses Society's History With A Future project, which investigated the role of the Shire Horse in the modern world. He was also involved in establishing the Shire Horse Archive, where his own research notes were complimented by donations from individuals, and which he helped to run alongside his daughter Elizabeth.


  • A Files
  • B Society Records
  • C Stud Records
  • D Catalogues
  • E Photographs
  • F Misc Item
  • Appendix of Books

Conditions Governing Access

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Accession number DX611

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist


Personal Names