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Papers of Alfred Marshall Cubbon, onetime Director of the Manx Museum and National Trust

Date(s): 1940s-2010s

Creator(s): various

Scope & Content: Box 1 Personal, genealogical and family documentation including Marshall Cubbon's curriculum vitae (CV), certificates &c; also matters relating to MMNT and MNH including Marshall's personal file (MMNT file ref C6/1), 1950-1984 (presumed passed to him after retirement from the MMNT), newscuttings, correspondence post retirement, ephemera &c. Includes Basil Megaw's notes about an intended Isle of Man Festival Exhibition in 1951 and cuttings about a Bryan Kneale temporary exhibition in 1964.

Box 2 Correspondence with Basil Megaw, 1957-2003; letters relating to Gerhard Bersu's Gold Medal presented by the Society of Antiquaries of London (now in collections of Manx Museum at ref 2013-0009), correspondence with many people including Maria Bersu (1985-1986), Kristin Bornholdt, Professor James Graham-Campbell FSA and

Box 3 Documentation of the Churchill Fellowship trip to USA and Mexico in 1967; Carnegie and Cumbria reports, 'Celtic Saints and Viking Settlers' research notes (1986).

Box 4 Conferences attended; AMC's submissions to New Manx Worthies for Basil Megaw and Godred Crovan and related correspondence. lecture notes, assorted resources regarding coin hoards (see also box 6).

Box 5 Resources by topic. Contents Include Archibald Knox and Archibald Knox Society, Rushen Abbey (including contact with and reports of Laurence Butler, Megaw's article about the original site of Rushen Abbey and correspondence with Nigel Crowe about the abbey and its connection to St Mary's Castletown &c), Peel Castle, Early Maps publication, Sword of State, Bishopscourt, folder of rough notes labelled 'Peggy of Castletown Notes' regarding research into the vessel and the Quayles of Bridge House for Marshall's lecture on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the Peggy of Castletown and 40th Anniversary of the Nautical Museum. Said folder includes transcribed extracts fromo QBHP documents which mention Peggy including MS 02410 C and MS 02419 C.

Box 6 Assorted resources: Kirk Michael Hoard including photographs, Audrey Hensall's Manx chambered tombs, Megaw's article about the King Orry's Grave excavation, 'Viking notes', miscellanouse antiquarian notes, Norse antiquities, Mediaeval Mann, Note on a possible further Viking Age ship burial in the Isle of Man (Cronk yn How).

Box 7 Societies and associations: Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society (IOMNHAS), North West Association of Churchill Fellows (and information about the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust), Society for the Preservation of the Manx Countryside, Society of Antiquaries of London, Rotary Club of Douglas, University of Manchester Alumni Association. The IOMNHAS resources include Marshall's handwritten article, later published in the Proceedings of the IOMNHAS Vol XII no 3 'Some Manx Archaeological Memories' which includes recollections of the work of Gerhard and Maria Bersu on Island during the Second World War and connections to the Isle of Man afterwards.

Box 8 Offprints from peers regarding non Manx subject matter

For accompanying photographs see PG/13789.

Administration / Biographical History: Marshall Cubbon was born at 23 Princes Street, Douglas on 19 September 1924. He joined the staff of the Manx Museum and National Trust (MMNT) as Assistant Director to Basil Megaw in 1950. He had previously obtained a BA (Honours) degree in Geographty from the University of Manchester and had qualified as a teacher in Sheffield. Cubbon became Director upon the departure of Megaw in 1957.

Marshall was elected to the fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1962 and in 1967 was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship enabling three months travelling in the USA and Mexico, studying regional museums' services to their communities. Between 1970 and 1973 Marshall served on the Council of the Museums Association and between 1972 and 1977 he was Chairman of one of its standing committees. In 1971 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Museums Association. Between 1972 and 1974 Marshall was commissioned to prepare a series of reports to the Carnegie UK Trust on proposed museum developments in England and Ireland. The following year (1975) he was awared an OBE for museum services. Marshall advised the newly created Cumbria County Council on museum services in the county, 1977-1978 and served as President of the North West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries from 1978 to 1979.

From 1983 until 1998 Marshall conducted a series of courses on historical and archaeological topics for Liverpool University Continuing Education Department, involving a popular presentation of academic scholarship. He served as an officer of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society and was involved in other societies and initiatives in the island including the Rotary Club of Douglas.

Marshall married Elizabeth Enid Thomas (Betty) at Penwel Chapel, Carmarthenshire on Saturday 6 September 1952. The couple lived at Close Bane, 33 Ballanard Rd, Douglas for rmany years. He died in September 2012; Betty (b. 18 February 1929) died on 27 August 2014.

Language: English

Extent: 8 boxes

Collection: Manuscript Archive

Level: FONDS

ID number: MS 13236

Record class: Private

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