Sir William Boyd Dawkins
Sir William Boyd Dawkins (1837 − 1929)
Basic biographies of Sir William Boyd Dawkins can be found on Wikipedia (opens in a new window) and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (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 of over 400 rare and important volumes to the museum.
You can take a look at the Boyd Dawkins Study by visiting our virtual visits.
These books, together with other items such as pictures, ornaments and furniture are now housed in the Boyd Dawkins Study which was opened in 1929 by Sir Arthur Keith. In addition, the study also houses material bequeathed by Miss Alicia Jackson, following the death of her father J. Wilfrid Jackson, who was a pupil and colleague of Sir William.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery holds a large archive of material relating to Sir William including letters, newspaper cuttings, notebooks, and other 'ephemera'. This material is catalogued to a basic level but it is the aim of the museum to produce a more detailed archive catalogue when resources permit.
You can download the brief listing of this material along with the library catalogue below. If you would like to consult the archives or library, please make an appointment with Ros Westwood, Derbyshire Museums Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
- Sir William Boyd Dawkins archive hand-list (175KB)
- Sir William Boyd Dawkins Library Catalogue (371KB)