Hugh E Richardson

Diplomat and Tibetologist

Hugh Richardson was an long-serving British officer in Tibet and its borderlands (for a more detailed biography see, ). He was an influential Tibetologist publishing extensively on Tibetan history. He retired from service in 1950, but he continued to maintain links with the emerging Tibetan exile community and with the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1959 he played a major role in the founding of the Tibet Society of the UK and remained an advocate for Tibetan independence until his death. He sold a number of Tibetan objects to Liverpool in the 1960's and corresponded regularly with Miss Elaine Tankard, the Keeper of Antiquities who was responsible for the Tibet collection. He advised her on many details relating to the use of objects and offered advice on the Tibetan displays she created including the 1953 Tibet exhibition. This correspondance is in the museum archive.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    British: Scottish
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: St Andrews
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: St Andrews
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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