Sir William Gurney Benham is 83 today. He was born in 1859, only two years after William Wire died and a year before the Castle was opened as a Museum.
Sir William Gurney Benham was the proprietor of the Benham Press and editor of the 'Essex County Standard' and 'Colchester Gazette' newspapers. He was also Chairman of the Colchester Museum Committee.
William Wire was a 19th century antiquarian who had kept a diary of events and archaeological discoveries in Colchester. CP.