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Hamilton Kerr Institute

Fitzwilliam Museum

Sir Hamilton William Kerr (1st Baronet) was a British Conservative Party politician.


Sir Hamilton Kerr was elected MP for Cambridge in the 1950 General Election, holding that seat until his retirement at the 1966 General Election. He was made a Baronet of Cambridge in 1957.

Sir Hamilton Kerr's residence in Whittlesford was bequeathed to the University of Cambridge and Fitzwilliam Museum and is now the home to the Hamilton Kerr Institute.

The archive contains: personal papers, photographic albums, sketches and watercolours, newspaper cuttings and miscellaneous materials belonging to Hamilton Kerr, including the following:

  • several volumes of an occasional diary of events, dating from the 1920's;
  • volumes of notebooks containing personal reflections on life, religion, philosophy etc;
  • some notes for speeches with occasional copy letters;
  • a small folder of letters from the young Hamilton kerr at school written to his mother;
  • an album containing photographs of his paintings;
  • a folder of press cuttings.