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In 1852 he was elected to the Antiquaries, in 1857 he became a Fellow of the Geological Society, and in 1862 a Fellow of the Royal Society. At the Royal Society, and at the Athenaeum, to which Evans was elected in 1865, he met one of the most interesting and characteristic groups of men whom the age could produce. Neither Academe could claim a share in the enchantment of the Middle Ages; yet, for all their clear paint and shiny varnish, their Turkey carpets and red morocco armchairs, they formed a noble university for a mature mind.
These lectures, illustrated by the skilful draughtsmanship of his wife, were published in book form in 1890, and appeared in a French edition in 1908. ' In 1893 he became President of the Anthropological Section of the British Association and in the following year he was appointed Chairman of the Committee to supervise the excavation of the Glastonbury lake village. He 24 A Social History of Archaeology endowed an annual course of lectures at the University of Edinburgh on Anthropology and Prehistoric Archaeology and in 1910, at the age of 75, he delivered the first course himself.
M. m. without falling asleep) and, finally, German, which kept him awake till midnight. 9 One begins to understand why he found the classical curriculum at Eton a little restricting. By working out his own plan of attack on the whole field of culture and knowledge, he learnt to concentrate, to sift out the good from the bad, to switch rapidly from one subject to another and, as his biographer Rediscovering Britain 51 puts it, 'to suffer interruption with perfect equanimity'. Time, he believed, was the most precious of all commodities, to be cherished and saved in every possible way.