15.00 - 19.00
Cost: Free

Memorial for Prof Dai Morgan Evans FSA

Dai Morgan Evans, FSA, Visiting Professor at the University of Chester, was General Secretary of the Society for 12 years, from 1992 to 2004. During that time he did much to make it an open and welcoming, as well as efficient and modern, institution.

The Society’s e-newsletter, Salon, published an obituary for Dai 'From the Desk of the General Secretary in issue 381, and further memories of Dai in issue 382. Other tributes were published by The Guardian and by the University of Chester.

Dai brought to his work a love of archaeology and of antiquarianism in the broadest sense, informed by a career in the Welsh and English Inspectorates, and a delight in learning and teaching. His cast of mind was original, and he enjoyed stirring up controversy. After retirement, he continued to lecture, publish and appear in TV programmes, and took particular pleasure in teaching at Chester, UCL and on extra-mural courses at Birkbeck and Oxford, and undertaking fieldwork in Wales.  

The memorial event will try to cover his life in the round, and explore why one old colleague and friend wrote last March: "You cannot think of Dai for too long without smiling".

The event (15.00–16.00) will be followed by a drinks reception (16.00–19.00).

The event is open to all who knew Dai 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: Dai outside Kelmscott Manor, during a Fellows' Day garden party.