Name of creator(s): Mark Errol Glasswell
Administrative/Biographical history: Mark Glasswell (1938-1995) was a priest and lecturer in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. He obtained his B.A. in Theology from the University of Durham in 1960 and his PhD in New Testament Studies, also from Durham in 1965. The subject of his thesis was ‘The Concealed Messiahship in the Synoptic Gospels, and the significance of this for the study of the Life of Jesus and the Church'. During the research for his thesis he also studied at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In 1966 he trained for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge, which he found more suitable for his brand of Anglicanism, and was ordained in 1967. In 1965 he had begun working as a lecturer at Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone which was affiliated to the University of Durham and which in 1960, by Royal Charter, became the University College of Sierra Leone. He continued in this post until 1974. He also served as honorary curate at St Patrick’s Kissy and at Holy Trinity, Freetown. Between 1974 and 1975 he served as assistant priest and part-time lecturer at Durham before returning to Africa, working as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He returned to England in 1985 where he took up an appointment as Vicar of the parishes of Great and Little Sampford, in rural North West Essex. He continued with his links to Africa - sponsoring students, acting as an external examiner for the University of Zimbabwe, and writing articles on the Church in Africa - until his death in 1995.
Custodial history: The papers were given to the Henry Martyn Centre in 2000, with a further donation in 2006.
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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Glasswell's extensive papers - consisting of letters, pamphlets, leaflets, photographs and other ephemera - reflect his career and give a valuable insight into church and education in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Zimbabwe as well as the wider Anglican communion.
System of arrangement: The papers are arranged in the same order as that in which they were donated.
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Refer to the repository.
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Finding aids: A handlist is available.
Date(s) of descriptions: 12 September 2003 and 2 July 2012