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Registered Charity No. 1174499

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

Professor Tracy Borman.

Vectis Archaeological Trust is pleased to introduce Professor Tracy Borman, the well-known historian and author as our Patron (Historical).

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Professor Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1997.
She then went on to a successful career in heritage and has worked for a range of historic properties and national heritage organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Archives and English Heritage, including a spell on the Isle of Wight.

Professor Borman is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, a charity that encourages children to visit and learn from historic properties through the Sandford Award scheme, and joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle.

She regularly appears on television and radio and is a contributor to history magazines, notably BBC History. She also gives talks on her books across the country, including being a regular visitor to the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

She is proud to be a trustee of The Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust and The National Archives Foundation, as well as a Patron of Lavenham Library, the Friends of Marble Hill House and the Chalke Valley History Festival, and Patron (Historical) of the Vectis Archaeological Trust. In 2017 she was awarded an honorary degree (DLitt) from the University of Hull; in 2020 was made an Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London and in 2021 an Honorary Professor at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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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 Islandís 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.

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