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WARD , JOHN ( 1856 - 1922 ), museum official, and antiquary ;

b. Feb. 1856 at Derby . He started life as a chemist , but in 1893 was appointed curator of the Cardiff municipal museum . He concentrated upon collecting and preserving material of Welsh interest , as a result of which the name of the museum was changed to ‘ The Welsh Museum of Natural History, Arts and Antiquities .’ In 1912 , when this museum was merged in the National Museum of Wales , Ward was appointed keeper of the department of archaeology . He conducted excavations of historic sites , notably the Roman fort at Gelli-gaer, Glam. , and the S. Nicholas ( Glam. ) chambered tumulus. He published Romano-British Buildings and Earthworks , 1911 , and The Roman Era in Britain , 1911 , and also many important papers on excavations and other matters in Trans. Cardiff Nat. Soc. , Arch. Camb. , Arch. Jnl. , and Archaeologia . In 1918 he received the honorary degree of M.A. from the University of Wales . He d. 18 June 1922 at Derby .


  • Personal knowledge.


Archibald Henry Lee, M.A., Cardiff

Published date: 1959