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1857 Mill Stephenson 21 d. 1937 A Hull man, Stephenson was educated at Richmond Grammar School and at Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1885, but never practised. ' Brass rubbing was one of his hobbies at school and he became an acknowledged authority on monumental brasses. 'It was perhaps his native Yorkshire common sense that made him tum to the more practical side of archaeology and to such tangible objects of antiquity as could be brought within the range of an exact science. In Roman antiquities he was especially interested and acquired a very useful knowledge of them, and in particular of Roman coins, which enabled him to superintend with the utmost efficiency the excavations at Silchester for the greater part of the twenty-odd years 32 A Social History of Archaeology during which they were carried out by the Society.
1842 Sir Henry Howarth 8 d. 1923 He was born in Lisbon, where his father was in business. He studied law at the Inner Temple, 'but the practice of his profession did not attract him so much as politics, nor as much as history and science. P. for Salford, wrote a History of the Mongols and was in due course elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. 'It is the fashion now to make the age an age of specialists, but Sir Henry Howarth did not conform to that fashion. He was rather of those who, like Bacon, take all knowledge for their province, and so he was often able to suggest analogies between one subject and another which would not occur to the specialist, and it may be that much of the usefulness of his contributions to knowledge is to be traced to this fact.
Consider, for example, this extract from the published Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, relating to some of the Society's regular meetings in 1858. The Rev. H. T. , Local Secretary for Devonshire, exhibited drawings of two corbel-heads from the weather-moulding of the west window of the tower of Clyst St. George, near Topsham, in Devonshire. They represented a male head with long wavy moustache and the end of a hood tucked in under the rim of his cap in a very peculiar manner, and the other a female, with a rich head-dress.
A Social History of Archaeology: The British Experience by Kenneth Hudson (auth.)