James Currie

Civil Servant and Collector of Antiquities

In 1899 Sir James Currie joined the Egyptian education department and in 1900 was selected by Lord Cromer to be the first director of education in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. In 1922 Currie became the first director of the Empire Cotton Growing Corporation and in 1923 a member of the government's advisory committee on native education in tropical Africa.

In 1913 James Currie married Hilda Beatrice Hanbury (1872-1939), only daughter of Sir Thomas Hanbury, a merchant and botanist, of La Mortola, Ventimiglia, Italy. After James's death in 1937 and Hilda's death in 1939 the collection of Egyptian antiquities was donated to Norwich Castle Museum by Hilda's bother, Daniel H Hanbury in 1941 (accession number 21.941). The collection was purchased by Liverpool Museums in 1956. It consists mainly of small Egyptian antiquities such as amulets, scarabs and shabtis.

James Currie is the author of 'The educational experiment in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan,1900-1933', Journal of the African Society.London

An image of him exists in Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections: Sudan Archive SAD.778/10/183 and SAD.778/10/187

G. N. Sanderson, ‘Currie, Sir James (1868–1937)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/32672, accessed 19 April 2013]
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: Midlothian: Edinburgh
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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