The Rt Rev. Hugh Montefiore was born into a prominent Jewish family. He converted to Anglican Christianity whilst at school and became Bishop of Kingston Upon Thames (1970-1978) and Bishop of Birmingham (1978-1987). He wrote many books and was a sometimes controversial, but influential figure.
This collection comprises official papers (records spanning Bishop Montefiore's career in the Church of England and including correspondence, sermons and records of Montefiore's involvement with charities and social activism) and personal and family papers (personal papers of the Bishop and his wife, including records of Montefiore's service in the armed forces during the Second World War, diaries, passports, photographs, and research compiled by Montefiore's biographer John Peart Binns).