Records of Barbara Del Panno

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Records of Barbara Del Panno


Barbara Del Panno was born in 1909 and was a long term resident of Altrincham. Her Italian father had married her mother in Tiverton, Devon before moving to live in Broadheath. For a time Barbara worked for the Co-operative laundry service and later in life kept pedigree dogs. She left behind a collection of letters, diaries and photographs which give a moving and personal insight into her life.


Archive reference TRA1676.



Collection Items

Records of Barbara Del Panno - Italian passport
Barbara's father Giovanni Del Panno was born in 1881 in Piacenza in northern Italy. This passport was issued by the Italian consulate in Liverpool and allowed him to travel to Italy and to return to England for one year.

Records of Barbara Del Panno - photographs
Barbara's collection of photographs offers a moving and personal picture of one family over many years.

Records of Barbara Del Panno - correspondence
Barbara held on to hundreds of letters, stretching from 1929 through to 1991. There are several from friends and many from her brother Cyril, who was a lifelong correspondent.

There are dozens of letters from Cyril during his time serving with…

Records of Barbara Del Panno - material relating to dogs
Barbara was evidently very fond of her dogs and entered them into a number of shows. There are many photographs of a Scottish Terrier named Glen. Later in her life she made many donations to animal charities.

Records of Barbara Del Panno - recipe book
Culinary delights in this hand written recipe book include marmalade pudding, caramel rice and oatmeal buns. The book may have been compiled by Barbara's mother rather than herself as 'M.C. Del Panno' is faintly written on the front page.

Records of Barbara Del Panno - diaries
As students of Samuel Pepys will tell you, a dedicated diary-keeper is a valuable thing. Barbara's pocket diaries start in 1926 and continue all the way until 1990. No date was neglected as she faithfully filled the pages with reports of her days.…
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