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Registered Charity No. 1174499

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


Treasure Hunt

From 5th - 15th May 2022

Treasure Hunt Flyer

Contact Sue 07854101830, Rock Villa in the Village Road
Charlotte 856075, Elcombe House at the yop of The Shute
Liz 854023, Shore Road

‘STONEHENGE - Old rocks,
new theories’

The 24th May at 7pm.

Guest speaker Julian Richards.
Julian is a professional archaeologist, author,
television and radio presenter.

Stonehenge has fascinated archaeologists (and others) for centuries spawning countless theories about its origins and meaning. Recent archaeological discoveries and new scientific applications capable of analysing earlier finds have opened up the world of Stonehenge (incidentally the title of the current British Museum exhibition). But some of the new, ‘revelations’, especially those that have been aired on television, can be questioned.

This talk examines some of these new theories from the viewpoint of over 40 years of involvement with Stonehenge and its landscape. It will also touch on some of the more outlandish ideas that are currently being peddled

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Julian Richards is an archaeologist; educator, author and former presenter on radio and TV (‘Meet the Ancestors’ ‘Blood of the Vikings’ ‘Mapping the town’)
He has been involved with Stonehenge since the 1980’s when he directed the Stonehenge Environs Project for Wessex Archaeology

The author of the current Stonehenge guidebook, ‘Stonehenge - the story so far’ and ‘The amazing pop- up Stonehenge’, Julian has an extensive collection of ‘Stonehengiana’ which has been exhibited at many Wessex museums and the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Books will be on sale!

The lecture will take place at Landguard Manor, Landguard Manor Road, Shanklin, PO37 7JB
On the 24th May at 7pm. Cost: £10 (Tea/Coffee included).
Doors open at 6pm. There is a bar available until the start of the lecture.

Click here to purchase lecture tickets

Jubilee Poster

Sunday 10th July 2022

Vectis Historic Vehicle Club
are holding their annual Open Day at Arreton Barns

The show will be opened by the IOW High Sheriff
Around 200 classic cars of all makes will be on display
Bring back memories of the cars you used to own
All proceeds go to island charities

The Vectis Historic Vehicle Club
is the largest classic car club on the island

Open Day Poster

Wednesday 27th July 2022

Presidents Lecture: On the 27th July The Friends of Brading Roman Villa will be holding their annual Presidents lecture at Brading Roman Villa.

This year they have John Margham, who is a beneficiary of their Presidents educational fund. He will be talking about the research work he carried out using his grant from the fund

Shalfleet Church: Anglo-Saxon Minster or Lordly Tower-Nave?
The earliest fabric at Shalfleet church is the western tower which has recently been identified as a tower-nave. This small church would appear to have served only the household of the manor over the road, yet the large parish can be seen as belonging to a former minster. How can these two contradictory observations be resolved? We will be examining the wider landscape of the Shalfleet area in this quest, including looking at Anglo-Saxon cemeteries and Churchills Farm, as well as examining sites in mainland England

DATE: 27th July, 2022.
VENUE: Brading Roman Villa.
Time: doors open at 2.30pm.
Tickets: We will shortly have a booking form up on the
Friends of Brading Roman Villa website.

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 Island’s 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.

VATs library lending policy

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