Papers of Arabella Kurdi

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to work with the BFES in Germany, 1947-1951, and to the social and living conditions in post-War Germany. These include an album of photographs of conditions in Germany, of friends and colleagues and of BFES schools; correspondence, including letters from Arabella to her parents describing her work and experiences in Germany; material relating to the school meals service, including a recipe book; notes for a lecture on 'Working and living in Germany'; printed material, including a map of BFES schools and copies of the BFES Gazette.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Families Education Service (BFES) was established by the Foreign Office in 1946 to provide schooling for the children of British families stationed in the British Zone of Germany after the Second World War, and amidst the post-War devastation. In the winter of 1951-1952 it was taken over by the Army and became Service Children's Education. Arabella Kurdi, then Pallister, went to Germany in February 1947 and worked as School Meals and Domestic Science Organiser for the Service. As such she travelled widely within the British Zone and visited many schools and different areas of the country.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Acquisition Information

Given by Arabella Kurdi in 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Electronic and paper catalogues.

Archivist's Note

Used IoE online catalogue and 2002 Genesis description. Submitted to Archives Hub as part of the Genesis 2009 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Related Material

The Institute of Education also holds the records of the BFES/SCE Association (DC/BFE), and the papers of Mimi Hatton (DC/MH).

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