Metcalfe, Charles Benjamin
Introduction
Charles Benjamin Metcalfe
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Official papers
2. Personal papers
3. Maps
4. Photographs
Sudan (general)
Eastern Sudan
Western Sudan
Southern Sudan (South Sudan)
Kapoeta
Torit
Lafon
Malakal
Tozi
Egypt
Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Kenya
Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zimbabwe)
Family
Prints
5. Cinefilms
6. Museum objects
7. Miscellaneous
Printed material
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Metcalfe, Charles Benjamin
Dates of creation: 1839-2010s
Extent: 1 box
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Created by: Metcalfe, Charles Benjamin
Language: English, Arabic

Charles Benjamin Metcalfe

(1913 - 1995)

1936Inspector of Agriculture, Kulud, Northern Province
1938Gash Delta, Kassala Province
1940Abdel Magid, Blue Nile Province
1940Bimbashi, Sudan Defence Force, Equatoria Corps (Camel Corps, north west desert)
1943Inspector of Agriculture, Gedaref (Rain Dura Production), Kassala Province
1945Merowe (Dongola Area), Northern Province
1948Senior Inspector of Agriculture, Ed Damer, Northern Province
1951W/El Hurl, Kassala Province (Mechanised Crop Production)
1952Gedaref, Kassala Province
1952Juba, Equatoria Province
1955Retired from Sudan service

C.B. Metcalfe attended the University of Leeds, where he was awarded a BSc in Agricultural Botany. During the period 1931 to 1936 he worked part time as a freelance journalist for the Yorkshire Post and spent a period farming in Denmark. He witnessed and reported on the early emergence of the National Socialist (Nazi) party in Europe. After his retirement from Sudan service he managed a farm in Devon, and then served as first a Conservation and Extension Officer and then a Land Tenure and Settlement Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (latterly Southern Rhodesia). Following UDI he worked as an international agricultural consultant, advising on the Kilombero Valley development scheme (Tanzania), with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, and for a number of large multinational cattle ranching firms. The collection does not contain any records from Metcalfe's professional career after 1956.


Arrangement

1. Official papers
2. Personal papers
3. Maps
4. Photographs
5. Cinefilms
6. Museum objects
7. Miscellaneous

Accession details

Presented by Jonathan Metcalfe, 13 February 2019.

Catalogue
1. Official papers
SAD.1048/1/1
[1938]
Manuscript quotation from Rudyard Kipling's Letters of Travel (1920), “In due course the Sudanese will forget how warily their fathers had to walk in the Mahdi's time ...” etc. Enclosure found within CM's copy of British Rule and Rebellion (Blackwood, 1938).
SAD.1048/1/2
[1947]
Page from land register for Sagia plot 100 (11.99 feddans), Nuri area, recorded by C.B. Metcalfe (CBM). Tabulated columns: original sixteen registered owners (and relationships); their heirs; farmers; number of productive date trees; dates. Secondary table records: farmers; owned area; rented area; number of productive date trees; other lands; other dates; supports (number).
Negative transparency
SAD.1048/1/3
23 January 1948
Letter from B.A. Keen FRS, [Director of the East African Agriculture and Forestry Research Organisation], Nairobi, to CBM, responding to his account of his work on land inheritance and customs, and encouraging his engagement with the Colonial Office Land Tenure Panel. Enclosure found within CM's copy of Land Law and Custom in the Colonies (OUP, 1949).
2. Personal papers
SAD.1048/1/4
March 1935
Newspaper cutting, Observer: “A model administration”, book review by Major C.S. Jarvis of The Anglo-Egyptian Sudan from Within (Faber, 1935). Enclosure found within CM's copy of the same work.
SAD.1048/1/5
15 April 1982
Newspaper cutting, Natal Witness: “Gezira: the failure of a model project” by Robin Hallett. Enclosure found within CM's copy of Gezira, a Story of Development in the Sudan (Faber, 1959).
SAD.1048/1/6
27 July 1990
Newspaper cutting, Weekender supplement to the Financial Gazette: “African dictators doing more harm”, Letter from America column by Ken Mafuka. Enclosure found within CM's copy of A Great Trusteeship (Caravel, 1958).
3. Maps
SAD.1048/1/7[MP]
1953
Map of Cairo, colour, with inset section of Heliopolis. Drawn by Albino Caserta, Arts Graphiques et Publicitaires, 43 Bld Saad Zaghloul, Alexandria. Published by The Egyptian Trade Index / Middle East Publishing Co., 1953. Map cross-references to the Guide du Caire.
scale:   1:15,000
Size: 90.5 x 64.5 cm
4. Photographs
Sudan (general)
SAD.1048/2/1
[1950s]
Map of Sudan
SAD.1048/2/2
[1950s]
Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi, son of Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah al-Mahdi.
SAD.1048/2/3
[1950s]
Saqiyah (water wheel), with boy and ox, Khartoum.
SAD.1048/2/4
[1950s]
Habub (sand storm), Khartoum.
SAD.1048/2/5
[1950s]
Mechanised harvester in wheat field at Kfouri Farm, Khartoum.
SAD.1048/2/6
[1950s]
Shugadisc plough in operation, Gezira.
SAD.1048/2/7
1951
Tractor with rotor cultivators.
SAD.1048/2/8
[1950]
Saqiyah (water wheel), with man and two oxen, Ed Dueim.
SAD.1048/2/9
[1950s]
Two camels, with hawdajs and male attendant.
SAD.1048/2/10
[1950s]
Sudanese policeman.
SAD.1048/2/11
[1950s]
Nile paddle steamer with barge.
SAD.1048/2/12
[1950s]
Three children, Sudan.
Eastern Sudan
SAD.1048/2/13
1952
Mounted Camel Corps beside running track at Gedaref, Kassala Province.
SAD.1048/2/14
[1952]
Mounted Camel Corps beside running track [at Gedaref], Kassala Province.
SAD.1048/2/15
[1950s]
Jebel (hill) Kassala.
SAD.1048/2/16
[1950s]
Tractor cultivating [?maize] crop, Gedaref.
SAD.1048/2/17
[1950s]
Horse-drawn cartload of sorghum with driver, Gedaref.
SAD.1048/2/18
[1950s]
Two Hadendowa men, one with kaskara sword.
Western Sudan
1954
SAD.1048/2/19
[1950s]
Baggara sheikh.
SAD.1048/2/20
[1950s]
Group of Baggara horsemen wearing chainmail.
SAD.1048/2/21
[1950s]
Caravan of Baggara, riding cattle.
Southern Sudan (South Sudan)
SAD.1048/2/22
[1950s]
Dead crocodile, with two hunters, on a river bank [at Juba].
SAD.1048/2/23
[1950s]
Man holding up a large Nile perch [at Juba].
SAD.1048/2/24
[1950s]
Busy fishery, Juba.
SAD.1048/2/25
[1950s]
Man holding a Nile tigerfish.
SAD.1048/2/26
[1950s]
Boy with horse at the Roman Catholic Mission, Imatong.
SAD.1048/2/27
1953
Nuer headman, with hair styled into a white horn.
SAD.1048/2/28
[1950s]
Two Nuer men, each with headress, shield and spear.
SAD.1048/2/29
[1950s]
Dinka man, with headress and beadwork on shoulders and arms.
SAD.1048/2/30
[1950s]
Group of women grinding sorghum, Yei.
SAD.1048/2/31
[1950s]
Group of children herders with their cattle among boulders.
SAD.1048/2/32
[1950s]
Children on a bird scare platform.
SAD.1048/2/33
1953
Forestry paddle steamer, loaded with timber and a truck.
SAD.1048/2/34
[1950s]
Steamer and barge in the sudd.
SAD.1048/2/35
1954
On trek. Mohamed Sihon [?driver] beside truck and with two children, one Sudanese one European.
SAD.1048/2/36
1954
[Metcalfe] family group at Juba.
SAD.1048/2/37
1954
Jonathan and Simon Metcalfe, standing on the bank of the Nile, Juba.
SAD.1048/2/38
[1950s]
European woman with two children, and chickens, Juba.
SAD.1048/2/39
[1950s]
Two European boys.
Kapoeta
SAD.1048/2/40
1953
Two Taposa men, their skin daubed with white patterns, wearing helmets.
SAD.1048/2/41
[1954]
Line of Sudanese men, captioned “D.C.'s spies”, Kapoeta.
SAD.1048/2/42
1954
Sudanese man, captioned “D.C. spy”, Kapoeta.
Torit
SAD.1048/2/43
[1950s]
Man and woman on the road, Torit. Man is carrying a spear and a headrest, the woman a child and a pot on her head.
SAD.1048/2/44
1940s
Group of Latuka men armed with spears, Torit.
SAD.1048/2/45
1953
Procession of Latuka warriors, Torit.
SAD.1048/2/46-47
1954
Latuka men cultivating, Torit.
SAD.1048/2/48
1954
Old Latuka man, wearing hat and holding long switch, Torit.
SAD.1048/2/49
1954
Latuka dancing at night, Torit.
SAD.1048/2/50
[1950s]
Latuka cattle and boy, Torit.
SAD.1048/2/51
1954
Latuka women grinding sorghum.
SAD.1048/2/52
[1950s]
Two European men with rifles, hunting elephant (in distance).
SAD.1048/2/53
1954
Herd of elephants, Torit.
SAD.1048/2/54
[1950s]
“Ant head” [?termite nest pillar], Torit.
SAD.1048/2/55
1954
Truck crossing a wooden bridge, Torit.
Lafon
SAD.1048/2/56
1953
Lafon village.
SAD.1048/2/57
1954
Lafon village.
SAD.1048/2/58
1953
Two Latuka men with red feathered headresses at Lafon.
SAD.1048/2/59-60
1954
Women drying and grinding dura, Lafon.
SAD.1048/2/61
1954 [?recte 1953]
Election gathering, Lafon.
SAD.1048/2/62
1954 [?recte 1953]
Election speech, Lafon.
SAD.1048/2/63
1954 [?recte 1953]
Post election dance, Lafon.
SAD.1048/2/64
1954 [?recte 1953]
[Post] election party, Lafon.
SAD.1048/2/65
1954 [?recte 1953]
Latuka post election dance, Lafon.
Malakal
SAD.1048/2/66
[1950s]
Shilluk herdsmen.
SAD.1048/2/67
[1950s]
Boat at Nile bank, Malakal.
SAD.1048/2/68
[1950s]
Group of four Shilluk men beside boat, by the Nile at Malakal.
Tozi
SAD.1048/2/69
[1950s]
Tozi village.
Egypt
SAD.1048/2/70
1950
Man ploughing with two oxen, Cairo.
SAD.1048/2/71
1955
Al-Azhar mosque, Cairo.
SAD.1048/2/72
1955
View of Cairo.
SAD.1048/2/73
1955
Elizabeth Metcalfe, wife of CBM, with sons Jonathan and Simon at the pyramids, Cairo.
SAD.1048/2/74
1955
Elizabeth Metcalfe, wife of CBM, with son Simon at the pyramids, Cairo.
SAD.1048/2/75
1955
Horse-drawn funeral cortège in Alexandria.
SAD.1048/2/76
[1955]
Jonathan and Simon Metcalfe in the wheelhouse of the “Star of Suez”.
SAD.1048/2/77
1955
Canal, with loaded felucca approaching railway bridge .
SAD.1048/2/78
[1962]
Group at the pyramids, Cairo.
SAD.1048/2/79
1962
Elizabeth Metcalfe, wife of CBM, with sons Jonathan and Simon at Cairo Zoo.
Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
SAD.1048/2/80
[1953]
Policeman with bicycle.
SAD.1048/2/81
1953
Congolese woman wearing dress with print design depicting Clement Attlee.
Kenya
SAD.1048/2/82
[1950s]
[?Billie-Ray] Nightingale.
SAD.1048/2/83
[1950s]
Nairobi street scene.
SAD.1048/2/84
1954
Kinangop.
SAD.1048/2/85
1954
J.S. Nightingale, Kinangop.
Zanzibar (Tanzania)
SAD.1048/2/86
1954
[Jonathan Metcalfe] seated on doorstep in street.
SAD.1048/2/87
[1954]
Elizabeth Metcalfe, wife of CBM, with sons Jonathan and Simon.
SAD.1048/2/88
1954
[Simon Metcalfe] seated on doorstep of shop.
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zimbabwe)
SAD.1048/2/89
[1950s]
Boabab tree by roadside near Beitbridge.
Family
SAD.1048/2/90
[1950s]
Family group.
SAD.1048/2/91
1962
Simon, Jonathan and Deborah Metcalfe crossing the equator at sea.
Prints
SAD.1048/2/92-160
[2010s]
69 colour prints of slides SAD.1048/2/1-9, 11, 13-35, 40-70, 77, 80-81, 84, 89.
5. Cinefilms
SAD.Video 34; SAD.1048/3/1
[1952 x 1955]
Film (from cinefilms over several years) made by CBM (video digitised in 3 parts: A 51:44; B 66:42; C 33:24), without sound, including: (Part A) Nubian soldiers exercising (01:06); Port Sudan (03:08); Wadi Halfa D.C.'s house (06:35); Merowe D.C.'s house (07:55); Locust control measures at Shendi (10:52); Shendi Show (14:15); [Isle of Mann] T.T. racing (18:15); [Gold] panning operation (38:56); S.D.F. soldiers practising Anti-Aircraft fire with machine gun (45:20); Black-and-white Colobus monkey (45:35); formal visit (47:14); [Toposa] people, Loelli (50:12); (Part B) Truck mired in river (00:32); Military parades, including uniformed European women, and with Sudanese civilian taking the salute (04:16); Athletics races, Gedaref (08:52); European hunting group (10:30); Sudanese musicians (11:57); polo match (12:56); agricultural scheme (15:26); children's village school games (16:47); crop inspection (18:21); Kassala (18:40); [Gezira] scheme (30:20); Pomology Section, Nuri (35:08); Merowe Agricultural Show (36:10); crop inspection (44:00); sudd and views from steamer (62:27); Bor (63:41); (Part C) crowd, dancing (13:45); river cataract (14:55).
The film quality is poor.
VHS video tape; CD-ROM
Index terms
Video recordings
6. Museum objects
SAD.1048/4/1-23
1852-1960
Coins from Sudan, the Ottoman Empire and Egypt.
SAD.1048/4/1-7
[1884/5]-1898
Sudanese coins, minted in Omdurman:
1. 20 piastres, 1302, year 9 [sic]
2. 10 piastres, 1311, year 11 (1893/4)
3. 20 piastres, 1312, year 12 (1894/5)
4. 20 piastres, 1312, year 12 (1894/5)
5. 20 piastres, 1312, year 12 (1894/5)
6. 2½ piastres, 1312 (1894/5)
7. 20 qirsh, 1315 (1897/8)
Index terms
Objects
SAD.1048/4/8-23
[1839]-1960
Ottoman and Egyptian coins:
8. [20] para (36mm), [unknown date]
9. [20] para (36mm), [unknown date], year 10
10. 10 para, Ottoman, 1255 (after 1839)
11. 10 para, Ottoman, 1255, year 15 (1852)
12. 5 para, Egypt, 1255 (after 1839)
13. 5 para, Ottoman, 1255, year 15 (1852)
14. 10 para, Egypt, [1277], year 9 (1868)
15. 10 para, Egypt, 1277, year 9 (1868)
16. 20 para, Egypt, 1277, year 10 (1869)
17. 20 para, Egypt, 1277, year 10 (1869)
18. 5/10 qirsh, Egypt, 1327, year 6 (1914)
19. 10 milliemes, Egypt, 1335 / 1917
20. 10 milliemes, Egypt, 1362 / 1943
21. 5 milliemes, Egypt, 1362 / 1943
22. 2 piastres, Egypt, 1363 / 1944
23. 10 milliemes, Egypt, 1380 / 1960
Index terms
Objects
7. Miscellaneous
SAD.1048/5/1-2
January 1981
““The Last Despatch” General Gordon at Khartoum 15th December 1884”, by Terence Cuneo, RGI; with longer detached caption containing extracts from Gordon's journal. Colour print, reproduced and printed by James Haworth Ltd. Signed by the artist.
Size: 79 x 58.5 cm
SAD.1048/5/3
1954
Official first day cover (15 milliemes, 3 piastres, 5 piastres), marking Sudan self government, issued at Khartoum (no. 1240) to Metcalfe c/o the Ministry of Agriculture, Juba.
Printed material
Printed material deposited with collection; now integrated into library and catalogued on Discover