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H 245 x W 175 mm

332 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Feb 2017

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784915285

Digital: 9781784915292

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Biography; Antiquary; Antiquarian; Folk; Folklore; Morris Dancing; Percy Manning; Oxford; Oxfordshire; Oxon; Museum Studies; Collections; Heritage; Local History

Archaeological Lives

Percy Manning: The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire

Edited by Michael Heaney

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This volume provides the first detailed biography Percy Manning (1870-1917), an Oxford antiquary who amassed enormous collections about the history of Oxford and Oxfordshire.



Preface; Introduction; 1: Percy Manning – A Life (Michael Heaney); 2: Bibliography of Works by Percy Manning (Michael Heaney); 3: Percy Manning’s Archaeological Survey of Oxfordshire (Alison Roberts); 4: The Lost Undercroft at Duckington’s Inn and other Oxford Tavern-undercrofts in Context (David Clark); 5: Percy Manning: A Collector of Medieval Earthenware Paving Tiles (Maureen Mellor); 6: Percy Manning’s Picture Collection (Julian Munby); 7: Percy Manning, Thomas Carter and the Revival of Morris Dancing (Michael Heaney); 8: Manning’s Mummers’ Plays (Peter Millington); 9: ‘Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen’: Songs, Music and Musical Instruments in the Percy Manning Collection (Alice Little); 10: Percy Manning Contextualized: How Manning’s Collection of Lighting in the Pitt Rivers Museum Tells Us More about the Man, his Collection and its Context (Faye Belsey and Madeleine Ding); 11: Manning’s Curiosity Projected into the 21st Century (Brian Durham); Index

About the Author

Michael Heaney, the editor of and main contributor to the volume, is a respected researcher into folk music and folklore who has published widely on the subject. He combines this with extensive knowledge of the collections in the Bodleian Library where he spent his professional career. He is a past Editor of Folk Music Journal (and continues on its board) and acts as adviser to and a Trustee of the country’s leading research library in the field, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. His colleagues bring their professional expertise from the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, the University’s Music Faculty and Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, and beyond.