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School of Government & International Affairs

Prof. A.K.S.Lambton Memorial Bequest

Ann Katharine Swynford Lambton, Persianist: born Newmarket, Suffolk 8 February 1912; Press Attaché, British Legation (later Embassy), Tehran 1939-45; OBE 1942; Senior Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University 1945-48, Reader 1948-53, Professor of Persian 1953-79 (Emerita), Honorary Fellow 1983-2008.

Fellowship of the British Academy (1964); and honorary doctorates from London (1954), Durham (1971) and Cambridge (New Hall, 1973); honorary membership of Soas (1983); and honorary fellowship of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. An annual A.K.S. Lambton Honorary Lecture series was established at Durham University in 2001. The British Institute of Persian Studies, of which she was an honorary vice-president, hosted her 90th birthday reception at Carlton House Terrace in 2002. In 2004 the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies' outstanding service award was conferred upon her, as well as the Cross of St Augustine, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

Prof Lambton died Wooler, Northumberland 19 July 2008.

Link to The Independent Obituary

The Lambton bequest comprises  ca. 3,000 titles ca 4,000 volumes of modern printed books, mostly in English and Persian, but also some in other European languages as well as in Arabic and Turkish.  Most of the books relate to the history, society, language, literature, economy, religion of Iran and some surrounding areas, such as Afghanistan and Central Asia.  There are also a sizable number of books about Christianity and Christian theology.  A dedicated cataloguer started to catalgue these books on November 2009, so far 1334 titles have been catalogued and added to our Library collection and this work is currently ongoing.  All these books are located in the Bill Bryson Library and integrated into our Collections and can be borrowed like any other books.

There is also an extensive collection of research notes, diaries, personal communications and papers of Professor Ann Lambton  amongst the collection and these are housed in the Archives and Special Collections in Palace Green Library.  There are also 19 volumes of Persian, mostly, literary manuscripts of varying age as well as 33 volumes of late 19th early 20th century lithographic printed books printed in Iran.  Also among the collection are some rare European language books relating to Iran (ca 20-30 titles).  These manuscripts and rare books are also in the Archives and Special Collections in Palace Green Library.  They have not been catalogued yet. If you wish to view the collection please contact either Assistant Keeper Jane Hogan or Area Studies Librarian Mamtimyn Sunuodula

The modern printed books which were catalogued can be pulled together by Subject using keyword "Lambton, Ann" in the Library Catalogue or click on the following link:,%20ann