1992 - Doreen Ingrams and Beatrice de Cardi

Scope and Content

Administrative documents, correspondence and a newspaper cutting concerned with the conferment of the Burton Memorial Medal on Doreen Ingrams and Beatrice de Cardi.

Administrative / Biographical History

Doreen Ingrams, the daughter of Edward Shortt MP, married Harold Ingrams (See RAS BMM/8) in 1930. She gave up a stage career to travel with him to Mauritius where he was a colonial administrator. In 1934, they moved to Saudi Arabia, travelling with him on his explorations and lived in Hadhramaut. During the war she helped with famine relief and medical care in the area, establishing the first bedouin girls' school. From 1955 she spent 12 years as a Senior Assistant in the Arabic Service of the BBC, and in 1972 she wrote "Palestine Papers 1917-1922: Seeds of Conflict".
Beatrice Eileen de Cardi was born in London in 1914, educated at St. Paul's School and University College, London, studying archaeology under Sir Mortimer Wheeler. n 1936, after graduating, she was offered a position as Wheeler's secretary at the London Museum, where he held the position of Keeper. She later became his assistant. During World War II de Cardi worked for the Allied Supplies Executive of the War Cabinet in China, often visiting India within her role. After the war, she became Britain's Assistant Trade Commissioner in Karachi, Delhi, and Lahore and carried out archaeological excavations in these areas. She continued to be involved in excavations working also in the Middle East and in 1973 was awarded an OBE for services to archaeology.


The Series was divided into three sub-series for administrative documents, correspondence, and printed material.

Related Material

The Minutes of the Council Meeting may provide additional details of the award to Doreen Ingrams and Beatrice de Cardi. The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1994, p.475, reports the award of the Burton Memorial Medal to Doreen Ingrams and Beatrice de Cardi and the lectures which they delivered as part of the Report for the Anniversary General Meeting.