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HOYLE , WILLIAM EVANS ( 1855 - 1926 ), first director of the National Museum of Wales ;

b. 28 Jan. 1855 at Manchester , son of William Jennings Hoyle . He was educated at Owens College and at [ Exeter College and afterwards at] Christ Church , Oxford ( B.A. 1877 , M.A. 1882 , D.Sc. ); he was also M.R.C.S. From 1889 to 1909 he was director of the Manchester Museum , and from 1909 till his retirement in 1924 , director of the National Museum of Wales , where there is a portrait in oils. He d. at Porthcawl , 7 Feb. 1926 .


  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Nature , 20 Feb. 1926 ;
  • Museums journal , March 1926 ;
  • information from Mr. A. H. Lee , former secretary of the National Museum.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959