Help me to complete my Casson archive
I read your piece about Leslie Martin's archive with interest (AJ 30.1.03).
I am currently trying to fill some gaps in the archive of my father, Sir Hugh Casson, especially the period 1948-51 when he was working (almost full time) on the Festival of Britain as director of architecture.
Recently I was able to buy, at auction, some contemporaneous drawings by him that were sent for sale by one of his associates, Leslie Gooday. These drawings are of interest to my father's archive as we have very few by him of that period - most of them being held in the Public Records Office or at the RIBA.
This is a serious gap in the collection and I am anxious to try to gather together as many original Festival of Britain drawings and documents by him as I can. The ones from Leslie Gooday are particularly interesting as they are early sketches and ideas for the South Bank site.
There may be colleagues of his who worked on the Festival of Britain and who might have the odd drawing, scribble or letter from him which they might want to dispose of - I would much sooner deal with people directly than go through an auction house. However, it is difficult to find out who is still around and I would like to appeal to AJ readers for ideas about how I go about tracking them down.
Carola Zogolovitch, London W2