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John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden

(1906-1985), Headmaster, educationist and public servant

Sitter in 11 portraits
Chairman of a number of government committees, Wolfenden's name is inextricably linked with the Wolfenden Report on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution (1954-7), which resulted in the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. His association with this controversial act was ironic, since Wolfenden himself was traditionalist in his personal morality. As Chairman of the University Grants Committee, he presided over a doubling in national student numbers, before becoming director of the British Museum. He was created a life peer in 1974.

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John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden, by Baron Studios - NPG x125605

John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden

by Baron Studios
half-plate film negative, 24 April 1961
NPG x125605

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John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, April 1957
NPG x186251


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