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Name  Francis Cheetham
Role  Author
Died  2005

Education  King Edward VII School, Sheffield
Books  Alabaster Images of Medieval England

Francis William Cheetham (5 February 1928 – 8 November 2005) was a leading authority on Nottingham Alabaster and the author of several books and articles on the subject.



Cheetham was born in 1928 and educated at King Edward VII School in Sheffield before taking a degree in Spanish at Sheffield University after the war. After National Service he worked as a teacher in Sheffield and did voluntary work at Sheffield Museum.

He went on to work for Derby Museums Education Service before he moved to take up work at Bolton Museum in 1957. Three years later he returned to the East Midlands to be deputy art director and curator at Nottingham Castle Museum. After another three years he set up Norwich museum service after he became head of Norwich Museums.


His personal study interest was in medieval English alabasters, based on his early work with the Nottingham collection. After retirement he published in 2003 what is now the standard work on the alabasters in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

His work on the Nottingham Alabaster collection was published in 2005. On retirement he lectured extensively for ACE Cultural Tours. Lectures in his name are still given in Norfolk.


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