Ref NoMS 1575
TitleLempriere Collection
Date[early 18th cent. - 1973]
FormatCubic metres
AccessConditionsAcc. 2011/206: Open
AdminHistoryGeorge Phillip Lempriére was born on the 26th February 1854. At a very young age Lempriére watched birds and thought how pleasant it would be to fly, and, upon observing some pigeons in a neighbour's garden, made his first attempt at flight. With the aid of a friend and an Inverness cape, he leapt from the railings outside his father's house [MS 1575/3/10/6/7]. This first attempt at aerial navigation resulted in a broken arm.

At the age of 20 Lempriére made his first real balloon ascent with a professional. He read all the literature available to him, and began building balloons of his own. Throughout his professional career as a balloonist and aeronaut, he performed and exhibited at a wide variety of events including public, private, and scientific engagements at fetes, galas, shows, and lectures.

As well as speeches and lectures regarding his ballooning and aeronautic advances and experiences, Lempriére made political speeches, and in 1897 made a bid to become the councillor for Soho ward. He was unsuccessful. Political material is also available to view in the collection.

In 1909, he in conjunction with Sir Francis Pepper and Mr Herbert Pepper founded the Midland Aero Club. 'The chief reason for the formation of the Midland Aero Club was to stimulate public interest ion the problems of dynamic flight' [MS 1575/3/2/1/6].

Lempriére died on the 20th February 1949, aged 94 years, and was interred at the family grave in Handsworth new Cemetery.
Arrangement1 FAMILY PAPERS
1/1 Correspondence
1/2 Deeds of title and papers relating to property
1/3 Wills and related papers
1/3/1 Wills
1/3/2 Valuations
1/3/3 Solicitor's bills
1/3/4 Correspondence and receipts
1/3/5 Accounts
1/4 Miscellaneous

2/1 Speeches
2/2 Campaign leaflets
2/3 Other

3/1 Records of business
3/1/1 Records relating to patents
3/1/2 Performance agreements and related papers
3/1/3 Diaries
3/1/4 Accounts
3/1/5 Stationery and business cards
3/1/6 Research and development records

3/2 Records relating to clubs and societies
3/2/1 Club leaflets etc. and papers re administration of clubs
3/2/2 Correspondence and circular letters
3/2/3 Club bulletins
3/2/4 Club balance sheets
3/2/5 Club handbooks
3/2/6 Other

3/3 Biographical

3/4 Correspondence
3/4/1 Testimonials and letters of thanks and payment
3/4/2 Letters re engagements and other aeronautical topics
3/4/3 Personal letters and related papers
3/4/4 Miscellaneous

3/5 Printed material
3/5/1 Magazines and articles
3/5/2 Official programmes and schedules of events
3/5/3 Illustrations
3/5/4 Miscellaneous

3/6 Records of balloon trips and events
3/6/1 Notes relating to balloon ascents
3/6/2 Photographs
3/6/3 Fragmented notes re ballooning

3/7 Marketing and public relations
3/7/1 Advertisements
3/7/2 Greetings cards

3/8 Lecture notes and public speaking

3/9 Newspaper cuttings and articles

3/10 Miscellaneous
3/10/1 Correspondence
3/10/2 Advertisements
3/10/3 Printed material
3/10/4 Sketches
3/10/5 Business cards etc.
3/10/6 Other
3/10/7 Ephemera


5/1 Correspondence and related papers
5/2 Shares
5/3 Photographs
5/4 Church material
5/5 Ephemera

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