Dame Joan Evans (Biographical details)

Dame Joan Evans (academic/intellectual; collector; British; Female; 1893 - 1977)

Also known as

Evans, Joan; Evans, Joan


Thousand Acres, Wotton under Edge


Joan Evans was the last child of Sir John Evans (q.v.) from his third marriage and half-sister to Sir Arthur Evans (q.v.), of Knossos and Ashmolean fame. Her first book was 'English Jewellery from the 5th Century BC to 1800' which was published in 1921. Later her main interest was medieval French history, on which she wrote extensively, but she published another book on jewellery, 'A History of Jewellery, 1100-1870' in 1953. A collector of gems and jewellery, she donated to the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, the Birmingham City Art Gallery and she gave many rings from her father's posy ring collection, to which she had herself added, to the British Museum. Her compilation of posy ring mottos was published in 1931. She became the first woman president of the Society of Antiquaries in 1959, a position which had also been held by her father and brother Arthur, and was appointed DBE in 1976.


Joan Evans, 'Time & Chance: the story of Arthur Evans and his forebears', London 1943
Joan Evans, 'Prelude & Fugue An Autobiography', London1964