The collection comprises of material relating to the Merton College (Oxford) Arctic Expedition to Svalbard, 1923 (leader George Binney) and correspondence by Summers
Geoffrey Summers collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Geoffrey Summers
- Dates of Creation1923-1924
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (24 leaves) correspondence (5 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Geoffrey Summers was born on 2 September 1891 in Greenfield, Yorkshire. He was educated at Uppingham School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating with a degree in engineering. In 1912, he joined the family firm, John Summers and Sons Ltd., Steel Manufacturers, later serving as its director from 1921 until 1967. During the First World War, he served with the Royal Engineers. In 1923, he joined the Merton College (Oxford) Arctic Expedition to Svalbard (leader George Binney), as ship's carpenter and engineer. He was an experienced mountaineer, climbing in Norway, the European Alps, the Canadian Rockies and the Andes. In 1942, he was awarded the CBE and, in 1952, he was given a baronetcy for his public work, which included the chairmanship of Flintshire County Council, and the offices of High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant of Flintshire. He died on 17 January 1972.
The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of expedition material and correspondence respectively
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and 'Sir Geoffrey Summers' in Polar Record volume 16 number 101 May 1972 p284-285 and Who was who, 1971-1980, Adam and Charles Black London (1989)
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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