Esther de Waal is a writer and scholar whose major interests are the fields of the Benedictine and Celtic traditions. She studied and taught history at Cambridge University before moving to Canterbury.
The archive was deposited at Gladstone’s Library by Esther and her son Peter in 2014. A further deposit was made in December 2018 and will be catalogued by 2021.
The archive has been catalogued at item level. All items will be found by searching for ‘Esther de Waal archive’.
All archives and special collections can only be accessed via a Request to Read Restricted Items form, which must be submitted at least 14 days in advance of your visit.
The collection consists mainly of research notes and drafts of speeches and essays, with some typed memoranda and correspondence pertaining to publications and speaking appearances. The archive was arranged by de Waal and has been kept in its original arrangement and order.