University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of C. H. H. Franklin

Scope and Content

Copies of papers relating to the Faraday Centenary Exhibition, 1931 and an exhibition catalogue of the event. Franklin exhibited many items from his personal collection at various venues including the Birmingham Museum of Science and Industry, in Birmingham throughout his career. Copies of other exhibition catalogues, 1930s; correspondence with University of Birmingham School of History, 1972; copies of notes by M.W. Bertensham relating to the donation of his collection to the Birmingham Museum of Science and Industry in the 1970s; black and white photographs of Franklin in his workshop,; typescript copy of My Life written by Franklin.

Administrative / Biographical History

C. H. H. Franklin, b 1885 studied at Birmingham and gave up a job in industry to become a laboratory assistant to Sir Oliver Lodge. After a varied career in industry he returned to Birmingham and was a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Department, 1921-1935. During the Second World War he worked for the Austin Motor Company and after the war he joined the Birmingham Electricity Department, working for the Central Generating Board when the industry was nationalised.

Reference: Deposit information.

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in 1972-1973.

Other Finding Aids

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.