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


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1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival

A Vectis Archaeological Trust Project.

Vectis Archaeological Trust and People Media UK are working collaboratively to undertake a field walk and detecting survey of a significant section of the Afton Down site where the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival was held. The project has the full support of the Isle of Wight Heritage Music Group, Dimbola Museum and Galleries, and Tapnell Farm.

In the early part of next month, July, (Dates to be confirmed) we will be on site for three days, with local archaeologists and festival veterans. On one of the days there will be a film crew making a short programme for the BBC One Show about the festival and this site survey.

We are looking to recruit as many volunteers as possible to be involved in the field walking and detecting on the site. We will be providing light refreshments throughout the days.

The first Isle of Wight Music Festivals took place from 1968 to 1970. The 1970 event was by far the largest of these early festivals.

The event was revived in 2002 at Seaclose Park Newport. We hope this project will help mark the significance the festivals have for the proud culture and identity of the island.

You do not need any previous archaeological experience to take part.
If you would like to know more and to take part, come along to Landguard Manor, Shanklin at 12-15 pm on Tuesday the 2nd July, where you will meet our field archaeologist.

Do you have any personal memories or memorabilia of the 1970 festival? If so, please come along and share them with the team.

NOTE: In order to take part, for insurance reasons you will have to be registered. If you show up on site without being registered, you will not be allowed to take part.

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 Islandís 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.

Vectis Archaeological Trust and the Friends of Brading Roman Villa would like to thank the many people who have donated books to the combined libraries.

In particular:
David Reeves.
Robert Pitts.
Bryn Walters.

From the estates of:
Marten Harris
John Hamblin
Eric Jackson Hignett.
Mark Corney. (Time Team)
Anthony Beeson.

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