Remembering Cliff Davies

6th June 2017

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Historian Cliff Davies, Wadham Scholar from 1956-59 and Wadham Fellow 1963-2016, was remembered by family, colleagues and students at a service on 4 June, 2017 in the Holywell Music Room.

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    Cliff Davies, Former Emeritus Fellow and Keeper of the Archives for Wadham College

More than 200 guests joined Cliff's family in remembering his enormous contributions to the study of history, and deep devotion to Wadham College over six decades. His former students added their reminiscences, paying tribute to Cliff’s significant influence on their lives.

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Biography: Cliff Davies

Cliff Davies was an Emeritus Fellow. He joined Wadham in 1956 to study for a BA in history.

After working as Assistant Lecturer in Economic History, at Glasgow University from1962 to1963, Cliff went on to achieve his  D.Phil in 1963. Returning to Oxford he became Fellow and Tutor in History at Wadham, and C.U.F. Lecturer (Oxford), 1963-2001. Cliff became Keeper of the Archives at Wadham in 1963, a post he held until 2016. He has also held posts as Librarian, Senior Tutor, Gazette editor; Sub-Warden; Tutor for Graduates and joint editor (with Jane Garnett) of the College History. Cliff has held posts within the University of Oxford as Chair of Senior Tutors and of Tutors for Graduates, and Director of Graduate Studies for the History Faculty.

Cliff’s research focused on English History (including English relations with France and Netherlands), 1400-1700. He is author of the textbook, Peace, Print, and Protestantism (1977), various academic papers on political, social, religious,  military, and biographical topics (including Dorothy Wadham and Christopher Wren), and numerous contributions to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His recent realisation that the word 'Tudor' was hardly used in Tudor England, has far-reaching implications for our concept of the self-consciousness of  English men and women of the time.

Cliff was born on September 25, 1936, and died on September 29, 2016, aged 80.