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CBA celebrates 100th birthday of its first employee

Beatrice de Cardi with current and former CBA Presidents and Directorss

On 5 June Beatrice de Cardi OBE FBA FSA was 100. Beatrice was the first employee of the Council for British Archaeology when she joined the organisation in 1948 and after her initial appointment as Assistant Secretary, she became Secretary of the CBA until she retired in 1973.

For many people Beatrice was their first contact with the world of archaeology, and through the Calendar of Excavations which she put together and published she put many people in touch with their first hands on experience of the discipline and in many cases this led on to a lifetime of enjoyment. Many senior archaeologists started their career by contacting Beatrice at the CBA HQ.

When she retired from the CBA it was agreed that her key role in the early years of the organisation should be recognised with a regular lecture series in her honour. Nearly forty lectures have now been delivered - the most recent by Michael Wood, who was delighted to meet Beatrice in February.

To mark the milestone of her 100th birthday, the CBA has renamed its current office in her honour and with the support of its landlords (York Conservation Trust) and the York City Council, the CBA's official postal address is now Beatrice de Cardi House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ.

At a party held on her birthday, hosted by the CBA and the Society of Antiquaries of London, Beatrice was toasted by Jane Grenville (CBA Chair), Peter Addyman (CBA past President) and Gill Andrews (President of the Society of Antiquaries) who presented Beatrice with the Society's Gold Medal for outstanding achievement.

The party brought together five past CBA Presidents (Tom Hassall, Peter Fowler, Rosemary Cramp, Peter Addyman and Kate Pretty), and two other past CBA Directors (Henry Cleere and Richard Morris), along with other past officers and staff, including the current Chair Jane Grenville who used to work for the CBA.


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