Sir Thomas Downing Kendrick

(1895—1979) museum director

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(1895–1979) [Bi]

British archaeologist who became Director of the British Museum. Born in Birmingham, he was educated at Charterhouse and Oriel College, Oxford. During WW1 he served in the Warwickshire Regiment and was severely wounded while fighting in France. In 1919 he returned to Oriel to read anthropology. He began a study of the archaeology of the Channel Islands, but in 1922 joined the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities in the British Museum, becoming Assistant Keeper in 1928 and Keeper in 1938. In 1950 he was appointed Director and Principal Librarian, a post he held until his retirement in 1959. Kendrick had infectious enthusiasm, as shown by his numerous publications, which include The axe age (1925, London: Methuen) and Late Saxon and Viking art (1949, London: Methuen). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1941 and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1934. In 1951 he was knighted.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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