Fifty Years of Archaeology at Rewley House

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Sat 18 Jan 2020

Fifty Years of Archaeology at Rewley House


In 1969 Oxford University Delegacy for Extra Mural Studies (now the Department for Continuing Education) appointed its first Director of Archaeology, then called Staff Tutor in Archaeology and Local Studies. The department soon established itself as an important local, regional and national provider of archaeology courses and conferences. It was also closely involved in the development of the Rescue Archaeology movement and organized a programme of rescue archaeology along the line of the M40 and on threatened sites in the Thames Valley mobilising its adult student faculty. Over the decades it has changed its provision to meet the changing nature and needs of British archaeology. It has continued to play an important role in the training of professional archaeologists, publication, the design of part-time degree and award-bearing courses, while at the same time extending its wider adult student base.

In the 21st century, most university extra-mural departments have closed, but Oxford’s has continued to thrive and expand its archaeology provision. This day school will look back at the past half century to assess and celebrate the department’s archaeological achievements, discussing in particular its involvement in field archaeology from the training excavation at Middleton Stoney in the 1970’s through to its recent and current community archaeology work in East Oxford and Appleton. In addition, present and former directors of archaeological studies, alongside others who have played significant roles in Rewley House archaeology, will talk about their work with the department.

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



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.


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.

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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.    

Dr Toby Martin

Director of Studies

Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford


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