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Hello everyone

I've posted the same info on the Windsor Thread, but I think it is a very important to share this. The Broadlands Archiv contains very much information about the Battenberg and also the Hessen-Darmstadt Family. I visited the Archiv in 2007, it would be a shame if all the Documents would be sold to different places/people. This is what I understand what the Trustees want to do. Does anyone know who is on the Board of Trustees?

Greetings from Darmstadt



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For more than 20 years, the University Library has held in its Special Collections Division the Broadlands Archives. The archive contains some 4,500 boxes, dating from the sixteenth century to the present, centred on the Temple (Palmerston), Ashley, Cassel and Mountbatten families. It is an exceptional collection, including many materials of the first rank for the history of the UK and its relations with its colonies and foreign powers.

The Mountbatten papers are effectively the foundation archive for the modern states of India and Pakistan, and in addition illuminate Britain's first major act of post-war decolonisation; the papers of the third Viscount Palmerston include some 40,000 letters, many from his private correspondence as Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister; and the diaries of the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, reformer and philanthropist, are one of the great monuments to social progress in Victorian England.

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The Wittlesbachs / Max II Josef
« on: December 28, 2007, 03:39:00 PM »
I'd like to know why King Max II Josef wore an earing.  I saw paintings of him wearing  an earing either on the left ear or the right ear,
so he must have had 2 piercings.

Forum Announcements / Isle of Wight - Vacation
« on: January 07, 2007, 05:22:06 AM »
Does anyone know of an affordable Summerhouse/Cottage  on the Isle of Wight, we'd like to go there for our summer vacation. But everything is soooooooooo expensive, converting into Euro. We would be 2 adults and two children.

Greetings from Darmstadt

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