In 1922 when R.E. Mortimer Wheeler , Keeper of the department of archaeology of the National Museum of Wales , Cardiff , was made Director of the museum , his former post became vacant. Although there was pressure to appoint an archaeologist with a Welsh background, Wheeler recommended Fox for the post and he was appointed. When Wheeler left in 1926 to take up a post in London , Fox was appointed in his place as Director of the National Museum of Wales .
During his time as Director , Fox continued to work in the field of archaeology and the Museum published several of his works, amongst them The personality of Britain ( 1932 ), A find of the early Iron Age, Anglesey ( 1946 ) and (with Lord Raglan ) Monmouthshire houses ( 1951-54 ). He also surveyed Offa's Dyke , the results of which were published in issues of Arch. Camb . After his retirement the Museum published his Pattern and purpose: a study of early Celtic art in Britain ( 1958 ). He received many honours; amongst them, knighthood ( 1935 ), F.B.A. ( 1940 ), G.T. Clarke award ( 1946 ), president ( 1944-49 ) of the Society of Antiquarians of London and its gold medal ( 1952 ), honorary D.Litt. University of Wales ( 1947 ), president of the Museums Association ( 1933-34 ), president of the Cambrian Archaeological Society ( 1933 ), honorary fellow of Magdalene College , Cambridge ( 1953 ).
He married twice: (1) Olive Congreve-Pridgeon (d. 1932 ), they had two daughters; (2) Aileen Mary Scott-Henderson , they had three sons. After retiring, he lived in Exeter and died there 16 Jan. 1967 .
Iorwerth Cyfeiliog Peate, D.Sc., F.S.A., D.Litt., (1901-82), St Fagans / Llandaf
Published date: 2001