Edward William Brabrook
Civil servant, Author
1839 – 1930
Who was Edward William Brabrook?
Sir Edward William Brabrook C.B. F.S.A. was a civil servant and author, and an anthropologist with a special interest in folklore. He was a member of the Folklore Society and a fellow of Society of Antiquaries of London. Awarded the silver Guy Medal in 1909.
A lawyer by training, he became the senior registrar of friendly societies and wrote extensively on the law relating to working-class self-help institutions, promoting legal guides for industrial and provident societies, trade unions, and savings banks.
His works included a proposal for an "Ethnographic Survey of the United Kingdom" put to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, coordinating activities of the Folklore Society, Anthropological Institute and Society of Antiquaries. He was president of the Anthropological Institute in 1895–1897.
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