Let Her rest in peace, HMS Edinburgh and her cargo of gold

Let Her rest in peace, HMS Edinburgh and the salvage of her cargo of gold is a projects that came out of research for my recently published thesis. It didn’t make the final draft of the thesis, and as no research is ever wasted, I decided to revisit the event and examine the salvage operation, role of government and locate any of the salvaged gold bars. At present I am turning my research into a journal article, seminar paper and public presentation.

My Christmas present to myself was to spend time reviewing the primary sources located at the Rothschild Archive, the National Archives and the Bank of England Archive and rereading literature and media reports surrounding the sinking and latter salvage operation. There is also a website for the crew and families of those who served on Her which contains some valuable insights. http://www.hmsedinburgh.co.uk

My deadline is the end of February for the article, and I will be presenting the paper to an academic audience on the 4 March 2014. The public lecture date is still to be fixed….

I welcome any interest in my research of this event, especially the areas that I still have to work on, @Imperial War Museum archive; @foreign office; There are gaps in the research and I need to think about Anglo-Russian relations which is a giant black hole at the moment!


Copyright: first appeared in: Sunday Times 8 Aug 1981.

Copyright: first appeared in: Sunday Times 8 Aug 1981.

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About Michele Blagg

Michele Blagg (BA(hons), MA, PhD) is a visiting Research Associate at King's College London, at the Institute Of Contemporary British History (ICBH). As part of a collaborative doctoral award granted by the Art’s and Humanities Research Council, she was based at the Rothschild Archive, London. Her doctoral research focused on the Royal Mint Refinery, operated by N M Rothschild & Sons between 1852 and 1968, and how it adapted to the changed London gold market. Her areas of interest are in financial and business history with special regard for the actors and networks located in the London market. Her publications include 'The Royal Mint Refinery, a Window onto the London Gold Market' LBMA, Alchemist, 71, 2013; 'Gold Refining in London: The End of the Rainbow, 1919-20’ in Sandra Bott (ed.) The Global Gold Market and the International Monetary system from the late 19th century to the present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); ‘The Royal Mint Refinery, a business adapting to change’ in Business Archives Council, Sources and History, (2010). She teaches on the ICBH MA in Contemporary British History and assists with the Witness Seminar Programme. She sits on the Business Archives Council Executive and is involved in the annual ‘Meet the Archivists’ workshop held in the City that aims to explore ways in which research students can identify and use business records in a variety of different research fields.

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