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Registered Charity No. 1174499

The 'Vectis Archaeological Trust' is a descendant of
The 'Isle of Wight Archaeological Committee' (IWAC).

Click here for a Short History of VAT.

Vectis Archaeological Trust
A special presentation by guest speaker
Revd. Professor Martin Henig.
The life of Charles Roach Smith.

An English antiquarian (20th August 1807 – 2nd August 1890)

Charles Roach Smith, FSA was born at Landguard Manor Shanklin on the 20th August 1807. Charles trained as a chemist and worked in London where he took a keen interest in antiquities being unearthed in the City, he went on to become one of the leading archaeologists of his time. Along with his brother he was involved in setting up the dig at Brading Roman Villa in 1879. He was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the London Numismatic Society and was a founding member of the British Archaeological Association.

Charles pioneered the statistical study of Roman coin hoards. Over time, he amassed a collection of over 5000 objects, displaying them in his Museum of London. This collection went on to form the base of some of the British Museums British collections.

Revd. Professor Martin Henig

Martin is an archaeologist, ethicist, and deacon of the Anglican Church. His main field of interest is Roman art, especially engraved gems; he has also published widely on Roman religion, Roman Britain, and Roman sculpture. From 1985 to 2007, he was editor of the Journal of the British Archaeological Association. He is a senior member of Wolfson College, Oxford

Vectis Archaeological Trust feel privileged to have our office in the home of such a leading Archaeological figure as Charles Roach Smith.

The lecture will take place at Landguard Manor, Landguard Manor Rd, Shanklin PO37 7JB
on the 21st August 2022.
Cost: £8

Doors open at 1-30 lecture starts at 2-30 pm.
There is a bar available until the start of the lecture.

Click here for tickets

Chairman, David Reeves. FRCM. Hon Secretary, Professor David Tomalin. Treasurer, John Bryant. Education Officer, David Marshall. Archaeologist, Kelly Wetherick. Archaeologist, Robert Pitts.
Patrons: Professor: Tracy Borman and Julian Richards, FSA.

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VAT Library

The VAT library is under construction, with many books already available and new ones being added on a regular basis.
Our intention is to put in place a research resource covering all aspects of archaeology/
history with a strong emphasis on the Island’s heritage. We have a collection of hardcopy books and electronically stored books on DVD. As well as our library, you will find further research material in the link below.

VATs library lending policy


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