MC:P118 Correspondence of Cecil Highton
Cecil Highton (1906–1997) was first a chorister, and then from 1924–1928 a Commoner of Magdalen College. He worked as a legal advisor to various Government Departments, including the War Damage Commission, the Central Land Board, and the UK Atomic Energy Authority. After his retirement, he was a member of the Air Transport Licensing Board (see further Magdalen College Record 1997 pp.120–121). Highton never married, and left the College almost his entire estate, making him one of the College’s greatest benefactors in recent years.
After Highton’s death, this cache of letters was found. Nothing is known about Joseph Bryson, or his relationship with Highton, apart from what is contained within the letters, which suggest that he was a dealer in archival documents in the Liverpool area. It is also not known why Highton chose to keep the letters.
This collection was transferred to the archives in February 1997 as Acc. No. 97/47.
Catalogued in November 1999.
MC:P118/C1/1–31 9 Apr 1970–20 Apr 1973
Collection of 31 letters (all handwritten and signed) from Joseph Bryson (address usually 22 Lordsgate Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancs.) to Cecil Highton. Subjects include detailed accounts of Bryson’s work in acquiring and selling archives, and other material, including a large plan of the Titanic which was used for the official enquiry into its sinking, his health, and his money troubles (there are several references to Highton lending him money).