The collection is largely comprised of photographs, predominantly from the WW1 era through the 1920s. The bulk of the albums (2002/200/1) belonged to Bungey and his wife, who left them to the Rands, and one further album (2002/200/2) belonged to Rand himself. The collection is particularly strong in rare images of WW1 (in particular in documenting the role of African soldiers and the progress of the war in Mozambique and Malawi) and photographs depicting the development of technical education for Africans.
This catalogue was produced with support from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Bertie Rand, a soldier turned police officer, and Charles Bungey, a carpenter and technical instructor, were lifelong friends who spent a large proportion of their adult lives in Kenya; both died there in the 1950s. They are believed to have met in Nairobi during WW1, possibly when Rand's regiment was billeted with the Bungeys. Further biographical information on each of them is given at series level, 2002/200/1 and 2002/200/2.
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