Fifty Years of Public Archaeology at Rewley House

Course details

From £70.00

Sat 18 Jan 2020

Fifty Years of Public Archaeology at Rewley House


Since 1969, through its teaching and community projects involving hundreds of volunteers, the Department for Continuing Education (known locally as ‘Rewley House’) has opened up archaeology to 1000s of people from diverse backgrounds – many of whom have gone on to become academics and heritage professionals.

Rewley House has therefore helped shape what archaeology is in the UK.

Whether along the route of the newly constructed M40, the scarp of the Ridgeway, in the gardens of suburban East Oxford or, most recently, in rural Appleton, this has been a grass-roots movement based firmly in excavation.

This day of talks by archaeologists integrally involved in creating this legacy revisits several of these excavations, placing them in the context of wider visions of public and professional archaeology and adult education.

This celebratory day will cover both the history of archaeological practice as well as the rich findings of the excavations that helped shape that practice. As such, talks will cover Rewley House’s close involvement with the origins of the Rescue Archaeology movement, its ongoing relationship with developer-funded archaeology, as well as its explorations in the prehistoric and more recent landscapes of Oxfordshire and beyond.

Programme details


9.30am            Registration

9.45am            Introduction and Chair

                        David Griffiths

9.50am            Archaeology in Oxford and Oxfordshire in the 1960’s

                        Tom Hassall

10.30am          The early years: plotting and digging

                        Trevor Rowley

11.15am           Coffee/tea

11.45am           Chair Gary Lock

                         Planning and the historic environment

                         Malcolm Airs

12.15pm           Professional archaeology at Rewley House

                        Anne Dodd and Alison MacDonald

12.45pm           Questions and discussion

1.00pm            Lunch

2.15pm             Chair David Griffiths

                         Oxford Archaeology Ltd and Rewley House

                         Gill Hey

2.45pm            Excavations on the Ridgeway and in the Vale

                        Gary Lock

3.20pm            Questions and discussion

3.30pm            Tea/coffee

4.00pm           Chair Trevor Rowley

                        Landscape archaeology

                        David Griffiths

4.30pm            Community archaeology and OUDCE: Appleton and East


                        Jane Harrison

5.15pm            Final questions and discussion

5.30pm            Course disperses

6.30pm            (Optional) Celebratory dinner



Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £70.00
Baguette £5.00
Dinner £21.00
Full Hot Lunch (3 courses) £15.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Professor Malcolm Airs


Emeritus Professor of Conservation and the Historic Environment, University of Oxford

Mrs Anne H Dodd


Coordinator, Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment, OUDCE

Dr David Griffiths

Chair and Speaker

Director of Studies in Archaeology, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education

Dr Jane Harrison


Departmental Lecturer in Archaeology, OUDCE/ Research Member of the Common Room, Kellogg College


Mr Tom Hassall, OBE


Emeritus Fellow St Cross College, University of Oxford University

Dr Gill Hey


CEO, Oxford Archaeology

Prof Gary Lock

Chair and Speaker

Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford

Dr Alison MacDonald


Dr Alison MacDonald is a Lecturer in Archaeology at OUDCE.

She received her BA in Classical Civilisation and Ancient History from Sheffield University (1989) and her doctorate from Oxford University (2003). Her research interests include Roman landscapes and Roman material culture and identity, and her fieldwork is in central Italy where she has worked on a number of landscape archaeology projects.

Mr Trevor Rowley

Course Director and Speaker

MA, MLitt, FSA,  was formerly Deputy Director in the Department for Continuing Education and before that Director of Archaeology in the department. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has published many books on landscape history and the Normans, most recently a biography of William the Conqueror’s half-brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux and an examination of the landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry.    

Toby Martin

Director of Studies

Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford


Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.