Rupert Leo Scott Bruce-Mitford 1914–1994 was a British archaeologist and scholar, best known for his multi-volume publication on the Sutton Hoo ship burial. He was also a noted academic as the Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University from 1978 to 1979, in addition to appointments at All Souls College, Oxford and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Rupert Leo Scott Bruce-Mitford was born on 14 June 1914 at 1 Deerhurst Road, Streatham. Following Terence, Vidal, and Alaric (Alex), he was the fourth of four sons born to Eustace and Beatrice Jean Bruce-Mitford. His mother was a daughter of John Fall Allison.
Bruce-Mitford worked for the British Museum in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities from 1938, and, following the bequest of the Sutton Hoo Treasure to the nation, was charged with leading the project to study and publish the finds
The Sutton Hoo helmet is one of the most iconic finds from the Sutton Hoo ship-burial. Excavated in 1939, the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo ship-burial was to become "the defining moment of Rupert's life, his greatest challenge, the source of almost insuperable difficulties, and his greatest achievement." (Biddle 2015)
Fascinating clips at https://www.bbc.co.uk/.../sutton_hoo_dig_collection/zs6xqfr