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Nash Mills, Chambersbury Ln, Hemel Hempstead HP3 8BB
University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PA, UK
Thousand Acres, Bournstream, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7DY, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

Dame Joan Evans,  Peter Greenham (1909–1992) ,  St Hugh's College, University of Oxford Dame Joan Evans DBE FSA (22 June 1893 – 14 July 1977)[1] was a British historian of French and English mediaeval art, especially Early Modern and medieval jewellery. Her notable collection was bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[2] Eleanor Jourdain was in Rome in 1912 with the family of Joan Evans, and Evans remained loyal to Jourdain thereafter. She died of a sudden heart attack in 1924 after being forced to resign her post at St Hugh's College over an administrative decision, leaving Evans as her residuary legatee.[4]

Joan Evans was born at Nash Mills, Apsley, Hertfordshire, the daughter of antiquarian and businessman Sir John Evans and his third wife, Maria Millington Lathbury (1856–1944). She was half-sister to Sir Arthur Evans, excavator of Knossos and discoverer of Minoan civilisation. Sir Arthur was forty two years her senior: he caused huge hilarity at an antiquarian conference of learned and erudite gentlemen when he brought in a four-year-old Joan to be "shown off". [2]

Evans was educated privately before going up to St Hugh's College, Oxford to read Archaeology. She graduated in 1916 as M.A. In 1930 she was awarded a D.Litt.[2]

The Royal Institution of Great Britain's records suggest that Evans was the first woman to give a Friday Evening Discourse at the Institution: this was on 8 June 1923, the title being 'Jewels of the Renaissance'.

In 1950, Evans's book Cluniac Art of the Romanesque Period, which concerned art and sculptures made by the monks of the abbey at Cluny in eastern France, was published by Cambridge University Press.

A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, she published the Society's official history in 1956, and served as its first woman President from 1959–64.

Evans lived at Thousand Acres, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, from 1939 until her death in 1977 at the age of 84.[2]


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