Ida Henstock Collection

Scope and Content

The Crafts Study Centre has listed together in this collection small offerings of letters, photographs and publications relating to Ida Henstock (1896-1982) and her work, collected or produced by admirers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ida Doris Henstock was born in Sheffield in 1896. She was an illuminator, and did a lot of work for Graily Hewitt, including working with him on the House of Lords First World War Memorial Book. The book had a coat of arms on every page (writing by Hewitt, illumination by Henstock), and each family received a copy of its page.
The equivalent volume for the Second World War was all Henstock's work, and she produced the Lancashire Fusiliers Memorial Book and, with Alfred Fairbank, the Clement Danes RAF Memorial Book.


IHC/1 David and Anne Graham's Ida Henstock Collection: Letters of congratulation on membership of the Royal Victorian Order, 1966, and other letters including from M.C. Oliver, 1939, and from Alfred Fairbank, 1951, 1966 and 1971, and copy of an Exemplar sheet produced by the Society for Italic Handwriting, signed by Fairbank

Access Information

Archive material may be viewed by appointment only.


This entry was compiled by Shirley Dixon, Crafts Study Centre Archivist, November 2021

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue on Crafts Study Centre database. A pdf copy is available on request.

Conditions Governing Use

Written permission must be sought before any archival material is published.

Appraisal Information

None timetabled.


It is likely that further Henstock-related material will be offered to the CSC. Material of interest will be added to this collection.