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BEAZLEY 50! A celebration of our 50th anniversary

2020 is the 50th anniversary of the death of Professor Sir John Beazley, the leading figure in the twentieth-century study of ancient Greek painted pottery. With his passing on 6th May 1970, his personal archive of notes, photographs, books, gem impressions, and papers acquired from other scholars passed to the care of the University of Oxford. (The University had bought the collection several years earlier on the condition that it would remain with Beazley until his death.) The Beazley Archive as a resource openly available to researchers was therefore born fifty years ago. In its physical form and virtual extension through the BAPD (Beazley Archive Pottery Database) and other online resources, Beazley's archive remains fundamental to the Classical Art Research Centre, which developed out of it when the Archive moved into a new building in 2007.

Our plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary have been disrupted slightly by the Covid-19 situation, but we will be announcing our intentions for rearranged events soon. To mark the life of Beazley and the wealth of activity that has grown out of his archive since 1970, we shall be sharing fifty images over the next fifty days! Follow us on Twitter or our other social media sites.


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