Sir John Evans (1823-1908) was a pioneering figure in the fields of prehistoric archaeology, numismatics and geology. He was a successful businessman with an extraordinary variety of interests, holding high office in many learned societies.
The Sir John Evans Centenary Project was instituted in 2003 by the Ashmolean Museum to fully document and catalogue the collection and archive of John Evans and to examine the international intellectual networks in which he participated. The website was formally launched on the centenary of his death, 31 May 2008.
The Centenary Project involves:
- conserving and making accessible the documentary archive,
- recording the collection of artefacts in various locations,
- and a conference.
This website will continue to be updated as new information emerges.
Portrait of Sir John Evans by John Collier 1905 (Ashmolean Museum)
[Evans] has an excellent library and the largest comparative collection of antiquities from all countries I have as yet seen.
(Quote from J.J.A. Worsaae to his wife 10 May 1880)