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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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Buckland [née Morland], Mary (1797–1857), geological artist and curator, was born on 20 November 1797 in St Helen's parish, Abingdon, Berkshire, the eldest daughter of Benjamin Morland (1768–1833), solicitor (and a member of the West Ilsley brewing family), and his wife, Harriet Baster (1777–1799)...

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Chamot, Mary (1899–1993), art historian and museum curator, was born in Strelna, near St Petersburg, Russia, on 8 November 1899, the only child of Alfred Edward Chamot (1855–1934) and Elisabeth, née Grooten (1854–1935). Her English-born father was of French descent, her mother of Dutch and German origin. He was administrator of the imperial palace gardens, and belonged to the prosperous Anglo-Russian merchant community. Educated privately, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Potter, Walter (1835–1918), taxidermist, was born at Bramber, Sussex, on 2 July 1835 (and was baptized at Bramber on 13 September), the sixth son of James Potter (d. 1867), labourer, and his wife, Sarah (1802/3–1838). His mother died when he was young, and his father, by then employed as a publican, was remarried in 1840, to ...

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Walter Potter (1835–1918) by unknown photographer courtesy of the British Historical Taxidermy Society