Alisoun Gardner-Medwin Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains publicity material, annual reports, fundraising events papers, and information on twinning with the Kumasi Cheshire Home in Ghana. Also, two substantial files on the Red Feather Appeal which funded the re-provisioning of Matfen Hall into Bradbury House and Bradbury Court.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr. Alisoun Gardner-Medwin (nee Shire) was born in Cambridgeshire in 1938, the daughter of Edward Shire, a Fellow of King's College and physicist and Helena Mary Mennie, a literary scholar. She married the neurologist David Gardner-Medwin in 1962. David was a pioneer in the field of neurology for children with muscular dystrophy.

In 1965 Alisoun and her husband moved to Northumbria, where she became a volunteer with Matfen Hall Cheshire Home, The Minories and was Honorary Secretary of Newcastle Care and Home services (previously called the Family Support Services) from 1993 to 2007.

She was a member of the steering committee for The Minories, and on the committees of both services including spells as Chair of the Management Committee.


Arranged as deposited in two boxes.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is granted by appointment with the Archivist, address: Leonard Cheshire Archive Centre, Newlands House, Main Street, Netherseal, South Derbysire, DE12 8DA email

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Alisoun Gardner-Medwin in 2009.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is subject to copyright law and access is subject to the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation.