Save Sassoon’s Papers

5 November 2009

A Cambridge University campaign to raise £1.25 million to save the papers of WW1 poet Siegfried Sassoon has been awarded £550,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

The archive includes pocket notebooks written on the Western Front, love letters to his wife, poetry books, photographs and letters from other writers, as well as a manuscript of Sassoon’s statement refusing to return to duty after being wounded.

Sassoon matriculated at Clare College in 1905, where he studied History and Law, but he dropped out in 1907. The campaign is being led by Max Egremont, who said “It is particularly appropriate that they will be in Cambridge… a place that loved.”