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: British Empire & Commonwealth

: Wright

: 2000/084/1

: ACAW career - East Africa

: c. 1926 - c. 1952

: ACAW was stationed in East Africa with the Colonial Service from 1933 onwards, predominantly in Uganda until WW2, when he was seconded to the King's African Rifles in 1940. In 1941 he was posted to Somalia to serve with the caretaking British Military Administration there until around 1943, when he was transferred to Agordat, Eritrea, still with the BMA. He stayed there until after the end of the war. In late 1946 he returned to Uganda, and was ultimately transferred to Tanganyika in 1951, where he ran a school for the training of local chiefs. He finally returned to the UK in 1956 after nearly a quarter of a century in East Africa, where he continued his interest in the region with teaching and research commitments. The records collected during ACAW's overseas career are voluminous, and include photographs, diaries, manuscripts and maps from the period as well as research notes, reports, journal articles and correspondence with academics which continued during his later career in the UK. There are also a number of objects stored in the museum collections. The collection appears far more representative of ACAW's research interests in the history, anthropology and languages of the African people he came into contact with than it is of his official work with the colonial service, which was said by his family to be something of a secondary concern to him. His diaries provide a particularly fascinating first-hand account of the war years in East Africa. The photographs are currently the only part of this collection which are catalogued and available for research; further records are scheduled to be added over the course of the next year.

Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Sudan

: 4 boxes

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