News cuttings

Scope and Content

Series of news cuttings and in some cases larger sections from, or entire, newspapers - both local and national. The majority of these relate to news about the British royal family in the early 1950s but there are also pieces on events and locations which were local to Delia Derbyshire, including stories relating to Leamington Spa, Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon, a series on villages in Warwickshire and a small number of items relating to Barr's Hill School, which Derbyshire attended. Also includes a cutting relating to a youth choir called 'The Fairy-tale Singers from Büdkeburg' and their hit song 'The Happy Wanderer' in 1954, with (on the reverse) pieces on banning Sunday adverts on commercial television, and a piece on Stanley Bate's Third Symphony. Most of the cuttings date from 1950-51, but there are single items from 1954, 1958, 1972 and one undated item which may have been added to the collection after Derbyshire's death in 2001: a letter to the editor from Betty Horner (née West), Derbyshire's best friend from junior school; printed with a photograph taken at Derbyshire's eleventh birthday party.

Arrangement

Many of the cuttings are undated so no attempt has been made to arrange them in a chronological sequence; they have been left as found.

Conditions Governing Access

BDD/4/66-68 are closed for conservation reasons.