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Adams [née Bishop], Barbara Georgina (1945–2002), archaeologist and museum curator, was born on 19 February 1945 at Hammersmith Hospital, London, the only child of Charles Bishop, labourer, and his wife, Ellaline, née Cowdrey, cleaner, of 24 Lena Gardens, Hammersmith, London. She won a scholarship to ...

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Backhouse, Janet Moira (1938–2004), scholar and curator of manuscripts, was born on 8 February 1938 at Marley, 90 Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire, the daughter of Joseph Holme Backhouse, cattle-food salesman, and his wife, Jessie, née Chivers; they also had a son, the sculptor ...

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Cubbon, William (1865–1955), antiquary and museum curator, was born at Orrestal, Rushen, Isle of Man, on 28 May 1865, the son of James Cubbon, fishing boat skipper, and his wife, Margaret Powell. He was educated at the boys' school, Rushen, and began work in the printing trade in 1880 as an apprentice compositor. He subsequently became a journalist, eventually becoming manager and editor of the ...

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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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Hackenbroch, Yvonne Alix (1912–2012), museum curator and historian of jewellery, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 27 April 1912, the second of three daughters of Zacharias Max Hackenbroch (1884–1937) and his wife, Clementine, née Schwarzschild (1888–1984). Her father was one of ...

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Harrisson, Tom Harnett (1911–1976), ornithologist, museum curator, and co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 September 1911, the elder of the two children of Brigadier-General Geoffry Harnett Harrisson (1881–1939) and his wife, Marie Ellen (Doll; 1886–1961)...

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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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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 ...

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Sir Arthur Keith (1866–1955) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1928 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Laking, Sir Guy Francis, second baronet (1875–1919), antiquary and museum curator, was born on 21 October 1875 at 5 Cleveland Road, Westminster, London, the only son of Sir Francis Henry Laking, baronet (1847–1914), physician-in-ordinary and surgeon apothecary to Queen Victoria and to her two successors on the throne, and physician to the royal household, and his first wife, ...

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Lamb, Winifred (1894–1963), archaeologist and museum curator, was born on 3 November 1894 at Holly Lodge, Campden Hill, London, the only child of Edmund George Lamb (1863–1925), landowner, colliery proprietor, and former Liberal MP for North Herefordshire (1906–10), and his wife, Mabel (1862–1941)...

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Moorey, (Peter) Roger Stuart (1937–2004), archaeologist and museum curator, was born on 30 May 1937 at 64 Hazelwood Road, Bush Hill Park, Middlesex, the elder child of Stuart (Sam) Moorey (1906–1951), deputy head of Tottenham grammar school and a teacher of history and rugby, and his wife, ...

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Peate, Iorwerth Cyfeiliog (1901–1982), museum curator and scholar, was born on 27 February 1901 at Glan-llyn in the village of Pandy Rhiwsaeson in the parish of Llanbrynmair in Montgomeryshire, the younger son and third child of George Howard Peate (1869–1938), a craftsman–carpenter and teacher, and ...

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Iorwerth Cyfeiliog Peate (1901–1982) by Geoff Charles, 1946 [opening the art and craft exhibition of the national eisteddfod, Mountain Ash] by courtesy of the National Library of Wales

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Taylor, John Ellor (1837–1895), curator and popularizer of science, was born on 21 September 1837 at Levenshulme, near Manchester, the eldest son of William Taylor (d. 1864), a Lancashire cotton-factory foreman, and his wife, Maria Ellor (b. c.1806, d. after 1895)...

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Whiteside, John (bap. 1679, d. 1729), museum curator and experimental philosopher, was born in Kirkham, Lancashire, and baptized on 2 November 1679, the son of George Whiteside, glazier, of Kirkham, and his wife, Margaret. He entered Brasenose College, Oxford, on 16 May 1696, and graduated BA in 1700 and MA in 1704. He took holy orders, and was subsequently chaplain of ...