Drawings of Anglo-Saxons

ANGLO-SAXON DISCOVERY

Drawings of objects

THE LIFE OF EDWARD THURLOW LEEDS

Portrait of E T Leeds
Edward Thurlow Leeds was born in Eyebury, Peterborough on 29 July 1877, the second son of Alfred Nicholson Leeds, a palaeontologist and Fellow of the Geological Society, and his wife Ferrier. He was educated at Uppingham School before becoming a classical scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
After his graduation in 1899, Leeds' first post was as a cadet in the Federated Malay States Civil Service, which took him to China for two years to learn the language. Ill health ended this career path in 1903 and in his five years of convalescence, Leeds spent much time on geological work in the gravel pits at Eyebury where his interest in archaeology developed.
ET Leeds drawn by Taiyba age 8
Taiyba age 8
Leeds working at Swarling, Kent
In 1908, Leeds was appointed an Assistant Keeper in the Ashmolean Museum. Later the same year the museum was reorganised resulting in Leeds becoming the Assistant Keeper of the Department of Antiquities. Throughout this period of his Assistant Keepership Leeds' main research was on Anglo-Saxon archaeology.
In 1928, Leeds became Keeper of the Ashmolean and of the Department of Antiquities. He held both these positions until his retirement in 1945. Even after his retirement Leeds continued to work in the Ashmolean, where he catalogued collections of Chinese, Annamese and Korean coins in the Heberden Coin Room.
Alice Leeds

Edward Thurlow Leeds married Alice Marjory Wright in 1925. Alice accompanied Leeds on some of his excavations.

Alice Leeds
E.T Leeds died at his home in Oxford on 17 August 1955.