Bishop Llewellyn Henry Gwynne: papers

Scope and Content

This collection relates to Gwynne's lengthy career as clergyman and missionary. It includes an incomplete series of Gwynne's diaries, 1884-1957, together with some devotional diaries and appointment diaries. It also includes a series of 50 notebooks containing sermons and addresses which he delivered over the period 1906-1957. Other material includes correspondence, including letters from Gwynne to Miss Estelle Blythe, 1910-1956 and to Rev Morris Gelsthorpe, Assistant Bishop of Egypt and the Sudan, other letters received by him and some subject correspondence files. It also includes typescripts, manuscripts, printed copies of some of his writings and photographs relating mostly to Sudan and Egypt. Gwynne also compiled an army book relating to the service of army chaplains during the First World War which contains manuscript biographical information and newscuttings with illustrations, with a name index.

Administrative / Biographical History

Llewellyn Henry Gwynne, (1863-1957) Bishop of Egypt. Gwynne was vicar of Emmanuel Church, Nottingham 1892-1898; CMS missionary to Sudan 1899-1905; Archdeacon of Sudan, 1908; and an Army Chaplain in Europe 1914-1919. He returned to Sudan 1919 and became Bishop of Egypt and the Sudan in 1921. He retired to England 1946 and died in 1957.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( ). Accessed May 2002.


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers (with some sub-series) and Miscellaneous Papers.

Access Information

Some of Gwynne's diaries, those covering the period 1945-1957, are closed until 2030; similarly, his devotional diaries, 1944-1957, are closed until 2030.

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited with the Church Missionary Society in 1961 and transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

Please see full catalogue for further details.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 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.

Other correspondence and papers of Gwynne, 1887-1952, are held in the Sudan Archive at Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections: Palace Green Section (GB 033).