Opening the Archives: Margery Allingham

Opening the Archives: Margery Allingham

Posted on behalf of Essex Book Festival

1.30-2.00pm Arrival & Tea/Coffee
2.00-2.10pm Welcome: Dr Jordan Savage, University of Essex
2.10-2.30pm Introduction to Margery Allingham Archive (Archivist)

You are invited to a personal introduction and exclusive glimpse into one of the University of Essex’s special collections: the Margery Allingham/Philip Youngman Carter Collection, relating to the life and work of the eminent crime writer Margery Allingham and her husband, artist Philip Youngman Carter.

Margery Allingham is one our most cherished Essex authors. Born in Ealing in 1904, she grew up in Layer Breton, was educated in Colchester and Cambridge, and lived most of her adult life in Tolleshunt D’Arcy. She wrote her first novel at 19, and in 1929 (in the novel The Crime at Black Dudley) introduced one of the most famous characters in detective fiction, Albert Campion. From the 1930s to the 1960s Margery Allingham became, along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh, one of the most distinguished writers of detective fiction’s “Golden Age”, publishing a steady stream of Campion novels, many with an East Anglian setting.

Come along and find out more about Margery Allingham and this special collection on permanent loan from the Margery Allingham Society; 23 metres of archival material and artwork. In addition to original manuscripts copies of most of Allingham’s books, stories and correspondence, the collection also includes paintings and drawings by her husband Youngman Carter, one time editor of The Tatler, who designed the dust-jackets for many of his wife’s books (pictured above).


This event opens our Crime & Punishment Symposium on Friday 9 March, and is a little taster of our Golden Age of Crime weekend on 10 & 11 March in Southend on Sea.


This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Crime & Punishment Symposium, taking place at the University of Essex.Over the last three years Essex Book Festival, Essex Libraries, University of Essex and English PEN have collaborated on a series of creative writing workshops, Writing on the Inside, for prisoners in HMP/YOI Chelmsford. It was a hugely valuable experience for all concerned. We are hosting a Crime and Punishment Symposium to share this experience with a wider audience, and to debate a variety of issues and challenges for offenders and their families.

Full Programme:

1.30 -2.30pm
Opening the Archives: Margery Allingham
Free, booking essential

2.45 – 4.00pm:
Writing on the Inside
Free, booking essential

4.15 – 5.30pm:
Transitions and Integrations: Inside and ‘the Out’
Free, booking essential

7.30pm: Author Talk
Erwin James: Redeemable – A Memoir of Darkness and Hope
£7 / £5 (27yrs and under)

09 Mar 2018 at 1:30pm
until 09 Mar 2018 at 2:30pm
Albert Sloman Library
University of Essex

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