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Huxley Memorial Committee: minutes, correspondence and papers


Reference code(s): GB 0060 DF 5005

Held at: Natural History Museum

Title: Huxley Memorial Committee: minutes, correspondence and papers

Date(s): 1895-1900

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 3 volumes

Name of creator(s): Huxley Memorial Committee


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Henry Huxley died in Eastbourne on 29 June 1895 at the age of 70. A Memorial Committee was set up in August the same year with the object of collecting money to provide a fitting tribute to this great scientist. The first Provisional Committee was replaced by a large and distinguished General Committee, which met in November under the chairmanship of the Duke of Devonshire, and decided to seek funds for a statue, a medal and a studentship. An Executive Committee of twenty was set up at this meeting, and a number of local committees took charge of fund-raising in their areas. Statue and medal sub-committees were constituted soon afterwards. Of the 3378 which was collected over the next four years, 1813 was spent on a marble statue by Edward Onslow Ford which was unveiled in the Central Hall of the Natural History Museum by the Prince of Wales in April 1900. Dies for a portrait medal were commissioned from the sculptor Frank Bowcher, and the remaining money was passed to the Royal College of Science as an endowment. A student in zoology, botany or palaeontology would be awarded the Huxley Gold Medal, with the option of receiving a silver medal and a sum of money instead. The committees were wound up in 1900 once the unveiling had taken place.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes, correspondence and papers of the Huxley Memorial Committee, including two out of three volumes of minutes of the various Huxley committees kept by G B Howes, into which are pasted printed papers, newscuttings, notes and letters. There is also a volume containing a complete set of the printed notice produced by the committees at different times. The whereabouts of the third minute book is unknown.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Archivist's note: Entry copied from the Natural History Museum online catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008


Personal names
Ford | Edward Onslow | 1852-1901 | sculptor
Huxley | Thomas Henry | 1825-1895 | scientist and educationist

Corporate names
Huxley Memorial Committee