Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Eli Simpson Archive, British Speleological Association

Transcription of Eli Simpson's notes

Transcription of Eli Simpson's notes

The Eli Simpson Archive is a major collection of c 100 large format record books full of exploration accounts, newspaper cuttings, maps, surveys, photographs and published articles compiled by Eli Simpson and other members of the British Speleological Association. These extracts give a flavour of the material found in the albums. These items are from the Gaping Gill album.

The collection was held for many years at the British Cave Research Association Library but are now held on deposit at the  National Geological Repository at British Geological Survey, Keyworth for safekeeping.

Archives such as this one are not only important for the historical viewpoint but are also important as a source of information that supports current research into karst geohazards.

A short account of of the Eli Simpson Archive can be found  on the British Caving Library website. It has links to the full Gaping Gill volume and the the catalogue of the collection at the British Geological Survey.

Transcriptions from various caving log books and publications

Transcriptions from various caving log books and publications

Old newspaper cuttings

Old newspaper cuttings

 Eli Simpson's photographs

 Eli Simpson's photographs

Posted by Bob McIntosh

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