The University of Southampton Special Collections has agreed to add the Honor Frost Archive (1917-2010) to its manuscript holdings. The official launch of the Archive will be on June 1st 2018. The Archives and Manuscripts at Hartley Library has kindly arranged a drop-in session from 1200-1600 to coincide with the launch – an opportunity to see the highlights of this extensive collection and to find out more about a pioneer in the field of maritime archaeology.
The Honor Frost Archive (MS 439) provides a comprehensive and meticulously collated record of Honor Frost’s archaeological work. It includes significant material for her maritime projects in France, Sicily, Malta, Egypt, and in the eastern Mediterranean (Lebanon, Syria and Turkey), together with material relating to Honor’s research on stone anchors and photographic material recording her excavations and travels. Most importantly the archive has an especially complete record for the Marsala ship excavation.
Honor published and lectured prolifically, and the archive contains original drafts and offprints of all her key publications on maritime archaeology, together with a comprehensive set of drafts of lectures, c.1961-2007.
Archaeological drawings and sketches from Lebanon and early ballet set designs from 1940 to the mid-1950s beautifully illustrate Honor Frost’s artistic skill.
A prolific letter writer, the archive contains a series of correspondence that Honor maintained with other key figures in the field of underwater archaeology, including Frédéric Dumas, Lucien Basch and Paul Adam. Due to her practice of keeping drafts or carbon copies of letters sent, there is often outgoing correspondence to supplement that of letters received.
The Honor Frost Archive provides fascinating insight into the work of a pioneering figure, and will be available to researchers from 30 March 2018: See the access arrangements for the Archives and Manuscripts.
The Centre for Maritime Archaeology provides a focus for maritime archaeological research at the University of Southampton.