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Bannister Family Papers

An inventory of their papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Sryacuse University.


Creator: Bannister, Emma, 1991?-
Title: Bannister Family Papers
Dates: 2012
Size: Digital materials only.
Abstract: The Bannister Family Papers are comprised of the photographs and captions created by Emma Bannister in 2012 for a project done to complete her degree. The project featured photographs of people directly affected by the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988. An oral history interview with Brian Bannister, Emma's father who was one of the first Lockerbie Police Officers on the scene at Sherwood Crescent, may be found in the Story Archives Collection held in the Pan Am 103 Archives.
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Photograph of Brian Bannister

Brian Bannister was a police officer on duty in Lockerbie the evening of December 21, 1988. Brian was one of the first officers on the scene at Sherwood Crescent, where the wings of the plane landed and exploded causing massive craters and the deaths of 11 residents of Lockerbie. Brian lived in the Sherwood Crescent area and was concerned about his own family and home while attempting to discharge his duties.

Brian's daughter Emma completed a project for her degree that featured photographs of people who were impacted by the Pan Am 103 tragedy. The images feature a broad spectrum of individuals, including two Lockerbie Scholars who were not alive in 1988, whose lives were all affected in different ways by the Pan Am 103 tragedy.

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Scope and Content Note

Only two series are present in the Bannister Family Papers. The first is Photographs where the researcher will find the portraits taken by Emma Bannister, as well as photographs of important crash sites as they appeared in 2012, 23 years after Pan Am 103 exploded over Lockerbie. The second series is Writings and contains the captions Emma drafted to accompany her photographs. Information on each individual pictured may be found here as well as some background on the landscapes photographed.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Materials in this collection are only available in digital form through this finding aid.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Bannister Family Papers. Related collections include:

Pan Am Flight 103 Story Archives Collection

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Bannister family.
Bannister, Brian (Police officer)
Bannister, Emma, 1991?-


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of material

Digital photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bannister Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Bannister Family Papers were donated by Brian Bannister in 2013.

Processing Information

The Bannister Family Papers are processed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2014
Revision history: Mar 2015 - Errors corrected, stylistic changes (VSOM); Feb 2018 - Stylistic changes (VSOM)

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The Brian Bannister Family Papers are arranged alphabetically by series.

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