Thomas William Shore, FGS, 1840-1905: In Memoriam
The files listed below relate to some of the papers, relating to Hampshire, published by T W Shore, which were collected into a volume for the members; this memorial volume was completed in 1911. Where known, the source of the article is listed. The next two paragraphs are taken from the first article, by Rev. G W Minns, which gives a fuller picture of the life of the 'originator' of the HFC&AS.
On the death of Mr. T. W. Shore a wish was widely expressed that a fitting appreciation of his long and valuable services to the Hants Field Club and Archaeological Society should be shown by the publication in a permanent form of some of the papers which he read to the members at their meetings ; many of these appeared in the columns of local newspapers. The issue of the present volume will, it is hoped, serve as a slight- memorial of Mr. Shore's labours for the spread of antiquarian knowledge in Hampshire. The work of selection was committed to the present writer, who as Editor of The Hants Field Club Papers (1887—1905) was, for many years, associated with Mr. Shore in the work of the Society. For the materials of this prefatory memoir he is greatly indebted to the notices which appeared at the time of Mr. Shore's death and the communications of private friends.
It was his association with the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society which made Mr. Shore's name widely known as an authority of high repute on geological and antiquarian subjects. He was the originator of that society, for, as appears from the Minute Book, on 20th March, 1885, Mr. Shore called together the Rev. G. Woodhouse, Vicar of Ropley, the Rev. W. L. Eyre, Rector of Swarraton, and Mr. W. Whitaker, F.R.S., of the Geological Survey, and by these the Hants Field Club was founded. Mr. Shore became one of the Hon. Secretaries, having as his colleague Mr. Ernest Westlake of Fordingbridge. In 1887 Mr. William Dale undertook the duties of Hon. General Secretary and became the faithful ally of Mr. Shore, who as the Hon. Organizing Secretary now gave his attention to the planning of the Summer Meetings, and in this matter did inestimable service. Not only did he make- the preliminary arrangements but gave much time to the preparation of papers. He could always be relied on to have something that was interesting and useful to say about the places visited and things to be seen.