Vivian Hunter Galbraith 1947-1957

Powicke was succeeded in 1947 by his pupil Vivian Hunter Galbraith, whose career epitomised the professionalism that Firth had extolled. Taking exactly the same path from Manchester to Oxford for Lit. hum. followed by Modern History, Galbraith then spent seven years as an assistant keeper at the Public Record Office in Chancery Lane, immersing himself in the documents of English royal government, and beginning work on the scholarly edition of the Anonimalle Chronicle (1927) for which he is still best known.

He discovered a hitherto unknown portion of the Domesday survey in a Balliol manuscript, and produced the monograph The Making of Domesday Book (1961). Not well-known outside medieval history, Galbraith was nonetheless a much loved tutor, and a junior research fellowship at St Hilda’s was endowed in his name by his more famous student Sir Richard Southern.