King's acquires a major collection of Rupert Brooke papers

Rupert Brooke memorial

Brooke memorial plaque in the Chapel at Rugby School

King’s College has just secured a major collection of materials relating to Rupert Brooke. Brooke is one of the nation’s best-loved poets, who died 100 years ago today (23 April 1915) on his way to fight at Gallipoli.

An extensive collection of Brooke’s papers is already held by King’s College, where Brooke was an undergraduate and later a Fellow. The new collection, the John Schroder Collection, will join the existing archive and make it the world’s leading resource about Brooke.

The John Schroder Collection contains writings by Brooke, the records of his publication history, hundreds of letters between Brooke and others, and reports from eyewitnesses of his death and burial on the Greek island of Skyros.

The purchase of the new collection was made possible by an award of £430,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

The new papers will of great interest to researchers and to the public, and exhibitions based on the collection are planned.

For details see the main university website.

23 April 2015