The Lockley Papers

Scope and Content

The Lockley Papers consist of material relating to the lacrosse careers of three sisters - Kathleen, Aline and Marjorie Lockley - as players (at club, territorial and international level), coaches and administrators, beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1960s. The activities of Marjorie Lockley feature prominently and include records of her playing and coaching in the United States in the mid-1930s.

The papers comprise of photographs, match programmes, press cuttings, scrapbooks, draft articles, correspondence, and ephemera.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kathleen (1900-1984), Aline (b. 1902) and Emilie (Marjorie) (1906-1977) were born in Cardiff, the third, fourth and sixth child respectively of Harry Lockley and his wife, Emilie Margaret Mathias. Their father, a railway clerk and later timetable editor for the Red Rail Guide, gambled and was often away from the family home. Their mother supported her six children by operating a boarding school at their large house in Whitchurch, Cardiff. Other siblings were Enid (b. 1896), Kenneth (1898-1965) and the conservationist and island dweller Ronald Mathias Lockley (1903-2000).

Kathleen, Aline and Marjorie learnt to play lacrosse at Queen Anne's School, Caversham and all three went on to play lacrosse throughout the 1920s and 1930s at club, territorial and international level; Kathleen playing for England from 1920-1932, and Aline and Marjorie for Wales from 1930-1936 and 1930-1935 respectively.
Kathleen and Marjorie were instrumental in promoting the game of lacrosse throughout the 1920s and 1930s, both at home and in Ireland and America, through the development of local clubs and coaching.


The collection has been arranged into the following eight series:

  • Kathleen Lockley
  • Aline Lockley
  • Marjorie Buxton
  • Photographs
  • Programmes
  • Press Cuttings
  • Boxmoor Ladies' Lacrosse Club
  • Ephemera

Acquisition Information

The papers were included in a donation to the University of Bedfordshire by Carol Haydn-Evans on 23 May 2017 under Accession No. AWL2017/002.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from University of Bedfordshire 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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.