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ID number:  BIRRC-A0014
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Turner & Simpson Ltd., Birmingham
Title / Object name:  Memorial plaque to Sir Raymond E. Priestley
Object type:  Plaque
Date made:  1975
Materials:  Silver plated bronze
Measurements:  12.7 x 15.24 cm
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Lettered plaque with oval inset of explorers dragging a sled in Antarctica. Sir Raymond Priestley, famous as an Antarctic explorer, became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham from 1937 to 1952. Trained as a geologist he embarked on the 'Nimrod' expedition to the Antarctic under the command of Ernest Shackleton in 1907. He came to Birmingham after 2 years at Melbourne University. Turner and Simpson were a Birmingham based silversmith company.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Main inscription: RAYMOND E. PRIESTLEY / KT., M.C., M.A., D.SC., LL.D. / 1886-1974 / VICE-CHANCELLOR / UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM / 1938-1952 / TO COMMEMORATE HIS LIFE AND WORK / PRESENTED BY THE GUILD OF GRADUATES AND / OTHER FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY

Inset oval inscribed at border: .MEMBER OF THE ANTARCTIC EXPEDITIONS . / SHACKLETON'S NIMROD 1907-1909 / SCOTT'S NORTHERN PARTY 1911-1913

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