|Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922)|
Westlake English and French Collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History
(about) 1870-1900: Ernest Westlake collects an estimated 10,000 mostly English palaeoliths, eoliths and fossils from the artesian wells, quarries and rail and road cuttings mostly in Hampshire and the cliffs of southern England and parts of coastal France.
1904-1906: Ernest Westlake travels to Aurillac, in the Cantal region of France and collects more than 4000 eoliths.
1923: The Westlake Collection of French Eoliths and Papers arrives at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History by request of W. J. Sollas.
1925: W. J. Sollas includes references to the Westlake French Collection in the third edition of his book: [W. J. Sollas, 1924: 98].
1937: The Westlake French Collection is transferred from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to the Ipswich Museum by request of Ipswish Museum's director, J. Reid Moir.
1939: J. Reid Moir completes a paper based on the Westlake French Collection but it is unpublished due to outbreak of War (available as part of Series 12 in this guide).
1953: The Westlake French Collection is transferred from the Ipswich Museum to the Pitt Rivers Museum by request of Donald Baden-Powell, Department of Geology, University of Oxford.
1961: Ernest Westlake's collection of mostly English fossils, paleaoliths and eoliths and papers are transferred from Aubrey Westlake in Hampshire to the Department of Geology, University of Southampton by request of Frank Hodson and P. S. Peberdy. Payment is made.
1980: The Westlake French Collection is de-accessioned from the Pitt Rivers Museum and returned to Aubrey Westlake.
1981: Justin B. Delair publishes the first of two biographical papers on Ernest Westlake based upon his study of the records of Ernest Westlake in the University of Southampton: [Justin B. Delair, 1981 and 1985].
1999:The Westlake English Collection and papers are transferred to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and stored in the de-consecrated Nuneham Church.
2000: Rebe Taylor locates many of Westlake’s papers placed unintentionally with the Westlake English geological artefacts in the Nuneham store.
2001-2007: Stella Brecknell archives the records of Ernest Westlake in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and writes a narrative account about them (available as part of Series 1 in this guide).
2010: Michael Jones images the entire Westlake Archive in the Oxford University Natural History Museum. These digital images are available attached to each inventory item in this Guide.
2012: The first edition of Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922) is published.
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