Beckingsale, Laura Elsie

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes letters from Laura Beckingsale (1911-1912), written in diary form to colleagues in London describing her experiences during the Chinese Revolution of 1911-1912, in Wuchang and Hankow where she worked for the London Missionary Society.

Administrative / Biographical History

Laura Elsie Beckingsale was born on 1st September 1886 in Camden Town, North London. She was educated privately at first, and then attended Bestraven High School, Brondesbury, until she was eighteen. After teaching for a year elsewhere, she returned to Bestraven as a member of staff. At the age of twenty-three she entered the Women's Missionary College, Edinburgh, and in March 1911, went to Wuchang, China, with the London Missionary Society. She remained there until 1915, when she returned to England under medical advice, arriving March 1. A year later she resigned her connection with the London Missionary Society and joined the Baptist Missionary Society, for work in China. She was put in charge of a girl's boarding school at Tai Yuanfu Shansi. She finally returned to England in 1939. Laura Beckingsale never married. She died in 1983.


The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1977.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Separated Material

Associated Material held elsewhere: Baptist Missionary Society Archive, Angus Library, Regent's Park College, Oxford.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance

Related Material

Related Collections at SOAS: Council for World Mission

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