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Balch, Herbert Ernest (1869–1958), cave explorer and museum curator, was born in St Thomas Street, Wells, Somerset, on 4 November 1869, the second of six children of William Balch, brushmaker, and his wife, Sarah Ellen, née Smith. Aged seven, he won a scholarship to ...

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Herbert Ernest Balch (1869–1958) by Harry Savory, 1912 Wells and Mendip Museum

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Clift, William (1775–1849), museum curator and scientific illustrator, was born at Burcombe, near Bodmin, Cornwall, on 14 February 1775, and was baptized (as William Cleft) in the Bodmin parish church on 12 April that year. He was the youngest of the seven children (...

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Clift, William Home (1803–1832), museum curator, was born on 20 May 1803 at the home of the late John Hunter, 13 Castle Street, Leicester Square, London, the second of two children of William Clift (1775–1849), natural scientist and first conservator of the Hunterian Museum...

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Colyer, Sir (James) Frank (1866–1954), dental surgeon and museum curator, was born on 25 September 1866 at 2 Loughborough Villas, Loughborough Road, Lambeth, London, one of the sons of James Colyer, dentist, and his wife, Rebecca Hastings, née Farrow. There is no information about ...

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Dodgson, Campbell (1867–1948), museum curator and art historian, was born at Oakwood, Crayford, Kent, on 13 August 1867, the youngest child in the family of one daughter and seven sons of William Oliver Dodgson, stockbroker, and his wife, Lucy Elizabeth Smith. He was educated at ...

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Duncan, John Shute (1769–1844), museum curator, was born at South Warnborough, Hampshire, the elder son of John Duncan DD, rector of South Warnborough. He was educated at Winchester College and matriculated in 1787 at New College, Oxford, where he took a BA in 1791 and became a fellow in the same year. He proceeded MA in 1794. He was called to the ...

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Duncan, Philip Bury (1772–1863), museum curator, was born at South Warnborough, Hampshire, where his father, John Duncan, was rector. John Shute Duncan (1769–1844) was an elder brother. He was educated at Winchester College (where he was a schoolfellow of Sydney Smith and William Howley...

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Ede, Harold Stanley [Jim] (1895–1990), museum curator and art collector, was born on 7 April 1895 in Penarth, Glamorgan, the younger son and second of three children of Edward Hornby Ede (1862–1940), solicitor, of Penarth, and his wife, Mildred Mary Furley (1866–1953), sometime schoolteacher, only daughter of ...

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Fagg, Bernard Evelyn Buller (1915–1987), archaeologist and museum curator, was born on 8 December 1915 in Upper Norwood, London, the son of William Percy Fagg, antiquarian bookseller, and his wife, Lilian (née Buller). His brother was William Buller Fagg. He went to school at ...

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Gray, Basil (1904–1989), museum curator, was born on 21 July 1904 at 13 Elvaston Place, South Kensington, London, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Surgeon-Major Charles Gray of the Royal Army Medical Corps, a passionate traveller, and his wife, Florence Elworthy...

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Edward Whitaker Gray (1748–1806) by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott [detail] © Royal Society

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Gray, Edward Whitaker (1748–1806), physician and museum curator, was born on 21 March 1748, probably in London, the second son of Samuel Gray (bap. 1693?, d. 1766), seedsman, and his wife, Juliana, née Kelly (d. 1774). An older brother, Samuel Gray (1739–1771)...

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John Edward Gray (1800–1875) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gray, John Edward (1800–1875), zoologist and museum curator, was born at Walsall, Staffordshire, on 12 February 1800, the second son of Samuel Frederick Gray (1766–1828), naturalist and pharmacologist, and his wife, Elizabeth Forfeit (1777–1852), the daughter of a picture dealer in Covent Garden...

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Hawkins, Edward (1780–1867), museum curator and numismatist, was born on 5 May 1780 at Macclesfield, the eldest son of Edward Hawkins, banker, and his wife, Ellen, daughter of Brian Hodgson of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He was educated at Macclesfield grammar school, and privately from 1797 to 1799 by ...

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Haynes, Denys Eyre Lankester (1913–1994), museum curator, was born on 15 February 1913 in Harrogate, the younger son and the second of the three children of the Revd Hugh Lankester Haynes (1878–1956) and his wife, Emmeline Marianne Chaldecott (1885–1968). He was educated at ...

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Huddesford, William (bap. 1732, d. 1772), museum curator, was baptized on 15 August 1732 at St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, the eldest son of George Huddesford (1698/9–1776), president of Trinity College, Oxford, and his first wife, whose family origins are uncertain. His youngest half-brother, ...

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Keith, Sir Arthur (1866–1955), museum curator and palaeoanthropologist, was born on 5 February 1866 at Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, the sixth of the ten children of John Keith, a farmer, and his wife, Jessica (Jessie) Macpherson. To prepare for a medical education he went to ...