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16 NOV 2012

Cataloguing and new displays at the Muir Hunter Museum of Bankruptcy

Over the past few months we have been cataloguing the Cork papers here at Kingston University Law School. See here for details.

We have also been cataloguing and updating the Muir Hunter Museum collection and displays, particularly since the Law School has moved to Kenry House. Most of the marterial relates to interesting documents in the history of our subject, i.e. certificates of conformity, bundles on individual debtor cases and such like. Additionally, we have some more whacky and interesting 'objects'. I thought blog readers might be interested in some of the details relating to these items. Here are some details on our current display items:  


The Earl of Halsbury’s signature

Lord Chancellor: 1885-1905


19th Century Bankruptcy Revenue Stamps


Chief Registrar in Bankruptcy - Official Seal

(On loan from the Royal Courts of Justice)


Lord Brougham’s signature

Lord Chancellor: 1830-1834


Insolvency Practitioner Association

various commemorative objects


Lord Goodhart QC’s signature

Leading Human Rights lawyer



The Earl of Eldon’s signature

Lord Chancellor: 1801-1827


Insolvency Act 2000

Signed by actor Stephen Fry


Lord Campbell’s signature

Lord Chancellor: 1859-1861


Lord Denning’s signature

Master of the Rolls: 1962-1982


The Viscount Sankey’s signature

Lord Chancellor: 1929-1935


French Green Cap – punishment apparel


Sir Samuel Romilly correspondence

Solicitor-General: 1806-1807


The 2nd Viscount Hailsham’s signature

Lord Chancellor: 1970-74 & 1979-87


Cork Report (1982) – signed by two members of the Committee


Lord Millet’s signature

Lord of Appeal in Ordinary: 1998-2004



1705 Act Debtor Punishment


1911 Dentist Bankruptcy


Lord Shawcross QC’s signature

Attorney–General (1945-1951)


Shakespeare and Debt

“The Merchant of Venice”


Commissioners of Bankruptcy



The Earl Cairns’ signature

Lord Chancellor: 1868, 1874-1880


American Bankruptcy Ephemera (some papers from Massachusetts)


Railtrack Group Third Liquidation Payment


The Earl Loreburn’s signature

Lord Chancellor: 1905-1912


“Bankrupted by Beanies” t-shirt


“Enron House” thermos flask


Imprisonment for Debt

“The Hell of the English”


BT Phonecard – Insolvency Advert


Insolvency Service Official Pass


A Whip (A 1605 Punishment)


Newgate prison map reproduced from Neild, 1806


Basil Montagu KC pamphlet


19th Century Bankruptcy Ephemera


Lord Brougham Ephemera


Professor Muir Hunter QC’s court wig


Lord Justice Buxton’s signature

Lord Justice of Appeal: 1997-2008


Lord Justice Glidewell’s signature

Former Lord Justice of Appeal


Lord Justice Laws’ signature

Lord Justice of Appeal: 1999-present


Letter from the first Accountant-General in Bankruptcy, Basil Montagu KC


Spanish neck brace – “two fingers thick”

15th  Century Debtor treatment


Chief Registrar in Bankruptcy

Full-Bottomed Ceremonial Wig

(On loan from the Royal Courts of Justice)

Individual Voluntary Arrangements

Individual Voluntary Arrangements

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Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Reports

Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Reports

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