16.00 - 20.00
Cost: Free

Memorial for Geoffrey Wainwright, Hon. VPSA

Geoffrey Wainwright, Hon. VPSA, was elected a Fellow in 1967 and served the Society as member of Council and as Director of Research, Treasurer and finally President from 2007 to 2010.  The Society was immensely important to Geoff, and he made a huge contribution to its running, especially in leading our 300th anniversary celebrations in 2007-08.

Geoff was an Inspector and later Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments at DoE / English Heritage until 1990. He was Chief Archaeologist there until his retirement in 1999. In the 1960s and 70s, he led the major excavations at Durrington Walls, Mount Pleasant, Gussage All Saints and Shaugh Moor among others. As Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage, he was the moving force behind the adoption of Planning Policy Guidance Note 16, the document that in effect gave birth to the commercial archaeology sector we know today.

Geoff died at his home in his beloved Pembrokeshire on Monday, 6 March 2017. The Society’s e-newsletter, Salon, published an obituary for him 'From the Desk of the General Secretary' in issue 382, and further memories of Geoff were included in the 'Fellows Remembered' article of the same issue (issue 382). Other tributes were published by The Guardian and The Times, as well as by Historic England.

The event (16.00–17.00) will be followed by a drinks reception (17.00–20.00), although the time may be subject to slight alteration as the event nears.

The event is open to all who knew Geoff and wish to celebrate his life and work, but please let us know you wish to attend so that we can plan accordingly: Use the button below to 'Reserve' or contact our Executive Assistant, Jola Zdunek, at 020 7470 7080 or admin@sal.org.uk.

Image: Geoff wearing the Society's presidential medal and a Fellows' tie.