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Sir Mortimer Wheeler at Cardiff University

Dubbed ‘the most famous British archaeologist of the twentieth century’, Sir Mortimer Wheeler was the first lecturer in the archaeological department at University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University).[1] He held a joint position with the National Museum of Wales as Keeper of the Archaeological Department.

He became Director of the National Museum of Wales before leaving to become Director of the London Museum. He later became Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India, and the founder and Honorary Director of the Institute of Archaeology in London (now UCL Institute of Archaeology). He also published widely on archaeology and his extensive television work served to popularise archaeological studies.

We have his original application form and accompanying references in the Institutional Archive (ref.: UCC/R/F/126). These documents date from 1920 and we’d like to “SHARE” them with you…!

First page of Application Form

First page of Application Form

Application Form continued

Application Form continued

Reference for Mortimer Wheeler received from Ernest Gardner, Yates Professor of Archaeology, University of London

Reference for Mortimer Wheeler received from Ernest Gardner, Yates Professor of Archaeology, University of London

Letter from Mortimer Wheeler confirming his attendance at interview

Letter from Mortimer Wheeler confirming his attendance at interview

Draft of the first Archaeology syllabus at Cardiff, 1920

Draft of the first Archaeology syllabus at Cardiff, 1920

[1]Moshenska, Gabriel; Schadla-Hall, Tim (2011). “Mortimer Wheeler’s Theatre of the Past”. Public Archaeology (Maney) 10 (1): 46–55 (46).

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