Sir William Boyd Dawkins
Sir William Boyd Dawkins (1837 − 1929)
Basic biographies of Sir William Boyd Dawkins can be found at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Boyd_Dawkins (opens in a new window) and
http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/32750 (opens in a new window)
These do not however cover in any depth his links with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. Sir William had a soft spot for the Peak District which represented many of his interests in its geology and archaeology and in particular its bone caves. Having been a regular visitor to Derbyshire and the Buxton area, in 1928, when nearing the end of a highly productive life, Sir William opened the new Buxton Museum and Public Library. Not long after, in 1929, when he died, his widow Lady Mary Boyd Dawkins, donated his library and papers to the Museum, and a Boyd Dawkins Reference Room was opened in 1929 by Sir Arthur Keith.