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Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687558.001.0001

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Brian Shefton

Brian Shefton

Classical Archaeologist

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David W. J. Gill

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the experience of a child refugee growing up in wartime Oxford and making his life in Britain. Brian Shefton arrived in Britain with his father, Professor Isidor Isaac Scheftelowitz, and his mother and brother, in 1933. He was educated at Magdalen College School and read classics at Oriel College where he came under the influence of Paul Jacobsthal and J. D. Beazley. After internment, he served in the British Army. He worked as a student of the British School at Athens, and as a lecturer at the University College of the South-West at Exeter, before moving to King’s College, Newcastle upon Tyne, where he established the Greek Museum with the assistance of Charles Bosanquet, the vice-chancellor. Shefton’s life is a reminder that Oxford’s academic ‘ark’ had repercussions not just for the individuals they saved, but for the succeeding generation and beyond.

Keywords:   army, Brian Shefton, child refugee, classics, Greek Museum, internment, Isidor Isaac Scheftelowitz, J. D. Beazley, Magdalen College School, Paul Jacobsthal

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