Salvage of the Century, HMS Edinburgh and Her Cargo of Gold
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
News of the record-breaking salvage recovery of silver bars aboard SS Gairsoppa, sunk off the Irish coast in 1941, brought to mind the 1981 salvage operation of HMS Edinburgh. Dr Michele Blagg has delved into various historical archives to bring the fascinating story of HMS Edinburgh to life.
Dr Michele Blagg, Research Associate at the Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH)
Dr Michele Blagg (BA(hons), MA, PhD) is a visiting Research Associate at the Institute Of Contemporary British History(ICBH). As part of a collaborative doctoral award granted by the Art’s and Humanities Research Council, she was based at the Rothschild Archive, London. Her doctoral research focused on the Royal Mint Refinery, operated by N M Rothschild & Sons between 1852 and 1968, and how it adapted to the changed London gold market. Her areas of interest are in financial and business history with special regard for the actors and networks located in the London market. Her publications include ‘Gold Refining in London: The End of the Rainbow, 1919-20’ in The Global Gold Market and the International Monetary system from the late 19th century to the present (forthcoming, 2013); ‘The Royal Mint Refinery, a business adapting to change’ in Business Archives Council, Sources and History. She teaches on the ICBH MA in Contemporary British History and assists with the Witness Seminar Programme. She sits on the Business Archives Council Executive and is involved in the annual ‘Meet the Archivists’ workshop held in the City that aims to explore ways in which research students can identify and use business records in a variety of different research field.