Papers of William Bell

Scope and Content

Scripts of musical revues and pantomimes put on in Uganda by William Bell andhis friends during the early 1950s, including scores for Babes in the Bush, with photocopies of UgandaHerald reviews of the performances and a photograph of Bell and PeggyLanning as the Ayah and Child.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Lewis Bell (b 1919), CMG (1970), MBE (1945) was educated at HymersCollege, Hull, and Oriel College, Oxford. In 1943 he married Margaret Giles,with whom he had one son and one daughter.

He served with the Gloucestershire Regiment, 1940-1946, then moved to Uganda,where he worked as district officer, 1946-1954, Assistant Financial Secretary,from 1954, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, from 1956, and PermanentSecretary to the Ministry of Education, 1958-1962. He was Director of Cox& Danks Ltd (MI Group), 1963-1964, Secretary, Westfield College, Universityof London, 1964-1965, founding head of the British Development Division forthe Caribbean Ministry of Overseas Development, [from] 1966, and UK Directorof the Caribbean Development Bank, 1970-1972. He worked as founding DirectorGeneral, Technical Education and Training [Organisation], Ministry of OverseasDevelopment, 1972-1977, was Information Officer, University of Oxford, 1977-1984, Chairman, Uganda National Parks, [from] 1962, President of the UgandaSports Union, 1961-1962 and a fellow of the Economic Development Institute World Bank, [from] 1958.

Conditions Governing Access

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library ofCommonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact thelibrary in the first instance.

Related Material

Tape and transcript of interview on service of William L. Bell as PermanentSecretary, Ministry of Education, Uganda, 1960-1962 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1755 (144)).