Welcome to the Geoffrey Hutton Archive

This incredible collection of photo's, documents and memories covers life in Croydon, British Army of the Rhine, UCL, the Tavistock Clinic and abroad from 1928-1959. 

 

eskdale youth hostel september 1946 Eskdale Youth Hostel September 1946.

 

As they once were...

Geoff, on the far right, with his Croydon schoolfriends; Maurice, in the white shorts, with John and Norman and Goldhawk behind them. They were on a walking holiday after leaving school in 1946, before joining National Service.

They had survived the doodle bug raids on Croydon in 1944 whilst they sat their O'levels and had started their time at Selhurst Grammar School in 1939 by being immediately evacuated to Brighton in September. An English childhood far removed from ours today.

Maurice, Norman and Geoff remained in touch on and off, until their deaths, dying within three months of each other in early 2015. They lived through an extraordinary era in British history that this website seeks to document.

 

An extraordinary man from an extraordinary time

Geoffrey was my dad. He was exceptionally creative and knowledgeable. He was a pioneer in the field of behaviour in organizations in the 1970's. As a social scientist, he kept everything; letters, photo's, receipts and invoices. They form an extraordinarily detailed insight into everyday life in the UK from the 1930's to the 2000's. Coming across all of it after his death in April 2015, gave me the idea for this website.

I hope you enjoy his testaments and documents and find them historically useful, as I do. Please use words or pictures for your private historical research, or as a professional family historian for someone else's family history, and give the accreditation 'From the Estate of Geoffrey Hutton'. Thank you.

For any other purpose or to publish, especially on another website, write to me, Mrs A Kingma Lee at 17 Fullers Way, Bath, BA2 2UG, UK.

I would love to hear from anyone with memories of those mentioned.

I am also looking for a home for the archive, in a record office, library or collection. It covers what you see here, plus an incredible collection of invoices, receipts, cheques and letters from long vanished businesses documenting domestic life in Croydon 1928-1959 and in Edinburgh 1959-64 including house purchases; paperwork, maps and fascinating social history interviews in the field notes from the Edinburgh University research project; cheques, invoices and receipts documenting rising prices and long vanished businesses, letters (including house purchases), instruction manuals and photo's from his life in Bath 1964-2015 and correspondence with his students from Bath University, 1960's-2015. A unique window into twentieth century life.