Thursday, 3 January 2008

Winchester and the BSA

Former pupils of Winchester made a significant impact on the archaeology of the Mediterranean world in the period prior to the First World War. Three of the first four directors were educated there:
Among the students of the BSA were:
  • Herbert Awdry (1851-1909)
  • John Frederick Randall Stainer (1866-1939), son of Sir John Stainer
  • (Sir) John Linton Myres (1869-1954)
  • Guy Dickins (1881-1916)
  • Alexander Craddock Bolney Brown (1882-1942)
  • George Leonard Cheesman (1884-1915)
  • William Reginald Halliday (Hoffmeister) (1886-1966)
  • Cyril Bertram Moss-Blundell (c. 1890-1915)
One of the masters at Winchester during this period (1894-1928) was Arthur George Bather (1868-1928). He had been educated at Rossall and King's College, Cambridge. He was admitted as a student to the BSA in 1889/90 (under Ernest Gardner), and held a series of studentships until 1894. Bather had been preceded by another former BSA student, Edward Ernest Sikes (1867-1940) who had been an assistant master in 1890-91.

Rev. Alfred Hamilton Cruikshank (1862-1927), an exact contemporary of Hogarth at Winchester, was an associate student of the BSA. He returned to Winchester (from Harrow) as an assistant master in 1894 (and chaplain from 1896); he left for Durham in 1910.

Other Wykehamist archaeologists of this era included Arthur Hamilton Smith (1860-1941), Keeper at the British Museum and later director of the British School at Rome; Francis John Haverfield (1860–1919), Camden professor of ancient history at Oxford; and Thomas Ashby (1874–1931), director of the British School at Rome.

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