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Beatrice de Cardi lecture 2016

Beatrice de Cardi OBE FBA FSA 1914-2016

The 2016 Beatrice de Cardi Lecture took place as part of a day of events celebrating the life and legacy of Beatrice de Cardi - the CBA's first employee who sadly passed away in July.

A celebration

The afternoon began at 2.30 pm with series of presentations on the life and achievements of Beatrice from a range of organisations, including the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM included the election of new trustees to help guide the CBA's activities over the years ahead, as well as an opportunity to hear about the CBA's work over the preceding year. Members were asked to adopt a new, updated CBA policy on the management of Stonehenge and its surroundng landscape. AGM papers can be found on the 2016 AGM page.

The Marsh Archaeology Awards

The Marsh Christian Trust fund three awards administered by the Council for British Archaeology:

  • Community Archaeologist of the Year
  • Young Archaeologist of the Year
  • Marsh Award for Community Archaeology.

For details of the 2016 winners, visit this news page.

Beatrice de Cardi lecture

Following a catered reception we then gathered to listen to the annual Beatrice De Cardi lecture. This year, the lecture focussed on the incredible work and finds at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire and was given by Site Director Mark Knight.

Site Director Mark Knight at Must Farm

About the Beatrice de Cardi Lecture

Beatrice de Cardi was first Assistant Secretary and latterly Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology from 1949 to 1973. In order to recognise her outstanding contribution to the CBA and to the archaeology discipline, the Council decided in 1976 to inaugurate a series of lectures, to be called after her. The speakers are given the freedom to discuss their own approach to any aspect of British archaeology.

The first Beatrice de Cardi Lecture was delivered in Oxford on 27 October 1976, jointly organised by the Council for British Archaeology and the Oxford University Department for External Studies.

The Council for British Archaeology headquarters in York was renamed 'Beatrice de Cardi House' in honour of her 100th birthday in 2014.

Beatrice de Cardi

Past Lectures

 1.    Dec 1976, Oxford, Prof Charles Thomas, ‘After rescue what next?’ [published as CBA pamphlet, 20pp, 1976, ISBN 0 900312 42 4 foreword by CBA President, Prof B W Cunliffe]
 2.    Nov 1977, Leeds, Mr Christopher Taylor, ‘Looking at cows field archaeology in the 1980s’ [published in CBA annual report no 28 for year ended 30 June 1978, pp 63 75]
 3.    Dec 1978, Colchester, Mrs W Groeman van Wanteringe, ‘Are we too loud?’ [published in CBA annual report no 29 for year ended 30 June 1979, pp 58 74]
 4.    Nov 1979, Bristol, Prof Martin Biddle, ‘Archaeology in Britain today: a transatlantic perspective’
 5.    Dec 1980, Canterbury, Prof Maurice Barley, ‘Houses and history’ [published in CBA annual report no 31 for year ended 30 June 1981, pp 63 75]
 6.    Dec 1981, Newcastle upon Tyne, Prof Barry Cunliffe, ‘Archaeology and its public’ [published in CBA annual report no 32 for year ended 30 June 1982, pp 59 64]
 7.    Dec 1982, Manchester, Dr David Whitehouse, ‘British archaeology abroad: the role of the Schools and Institutes’ [published in CBA annual report no 33 for year ended 30 June 1983, pp 73 75]
 8.    Sept 1983, St Andrews, Dr David Clarke, ‘Basic archaeology’ [published in CBA annual report no 34 for year ended 30 June 1984, pp 67 76]
 9.    Nov 1984, Cardiff, Dr Aubrey Burl, ‘Stone circles: the Welsh problem’ [published in CBA annual report no 35 for year ended 30 June 1985, pp 72 82]
10.    Nov 1985, London, Prof J D Evans, ‘Archaeology in a cold climate’ [published in CBA annual report no 36 for year ended 30 June 1986, pp 71 88]
11.    Nov 1986, Nottingham, Mr Philip Barker, ‘Not drowning, just treading water’ [published in CBA annual report no 37 for year ended 30 June 1987, pp 70 76]
12.    Nov 1987, Plymouth, Prof John Coles, ‘Peat hags alive and dead’ [published in CBA annual report no 38 for year ended 30 June 1988, pp 68 73]
13.    Nov 1988, Southampton, Prof Peter Fowler, ‘The experimental earthworks 1958 88’ [published in CBA annual report no 39 for year ended 30 June 1989, pp 83 98]
14.    Dec 1989, Birmingham, Dr Neil Cossons, ‘The archaeology of the industrial revolution’ [published in CBA annual report no 40 for year ended 30 June 1990, pp 79 83]
15.    Nov 1990, Luton, Dr Derrick Riley, ‘Air photography the technique under scrutiny’ [published in CBA annual report no 41 for year ended 30 June 1991, pp 79 88]
16.    May 1991, York, M Henri Galinié, ‘Urban archaeology in Britain: the view from abroad’
17.    May 1993, Reigate, Dr David Breeze, ‘For love not money: the role of the amateur in archaeology’ [published in ‘Archaeology in Britain 1992’ pp 179 191]
18.    Nov 1994, Glasgow, Prof Kristian Kristiansen, ‘Historic environments in a green Europe: the role of archaeology’
19.    Oct 1996, Northampton, Dr Ann Hamlin, ‘The early Irish church’
20.    June 1998, Birmingham, Prof John Hunter, ‘Forsensic archaeology’
21.    Oct 1999, Weston super Mare, Prof Mick Aston, ‘Archaeology and the media’
22.    June 2000, Newport, Prof Barry Cunliffe,
23.    2001, Durham, Prof Rosemary Cramp   
24.    2002, Bury St Edmunds, John Wymer, ‘Palaeolithic migration into East Anglia 500,000 years or more’
25.    2003, Liverpool, Loyd Grossman, ‘The past: a look forward’
26.    2004, Belfast, Julian Richards
27.    2005, Leicester, Peter Liddle
28.    2006, Salisbury, Peter Fowler, ‘Stonehenge, Avebury and other landscapes of the world’
29.    Sept 2007, York, Dr Simon Thurley, ‘Archaeology and Artifice: the Office of Works and the fabrication of medieval history’
30.    Oct 2008, London, Thorsten Opper, ‘Hadrian: Empire and conflict’
31.    Oct 2009, Shrewsbury, Prof Marilyn Palmer, ‘Fifty years of Industrial Archaeology’
32.    Oct 2010, Truro, Peter Herring, ‘The Historic Landscape Characterisation Programme and its origins in Cornwall’
33.    Oct 2011, Oxford, Prof Richard Bradley, ‘British prehistory since 1948: the CBA’s research policy after sixty years’
34.    Sep 2012 lecture, Buxton, Dr David Thackray OBE, Head of Archaeology at The National Trust 
35.  Feb 2014, London, Michael Wood, Historian, writer and broadcaster, 'The Kibworth Project: Community Archaeology and People's History, working with local communities to explore the everyday lives of the people of England'
36. Nov 2014, London, Prof Graeme Barker, ‘Do we measure up to Beatrice? A British archaeologist abroad’
37. Nov 2015, London, Prof Mike Parker Pearson, 'New interpretations on Stonehenge and its surrounding landscape'

NB no lecture was held in 1992, 1995 or 1997. The 2013 lecture was postponed to 2014 due to travel disruption.

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