History and Aims
A Brief History of the Trust
In 1991 the financial position of the Trust improved dramatically as a result of the unconditional bequest to it by Mrs Audrey Barrie Brown of Fresden Farm. The financial circumstances surrounding the legacy were such that the Trust could not prudently retain ownership and the property was sold by auction. The proceeds were invested to provide an income from which the Trust might make grants in support of Romano-British archaeology.The Friends of the Roman Research Trust was later re-formed as a separate and independent organisation, called the Association for Roman Archaeology and having no connection with the Roman Research Trust.
Aims and Policy of the Trust
The objectives of the Trust will ordinarily be achieved through financial support of the following types of activity:
• excavation, recording, analysis and publication of Romano-British archaeological research not otherwise funded or where existing funds are insufficient,
• Romano-British archaeological exhibitions in museums and other places accessible to the public,
• scholarly research into aspects of the Roman occupation of Britain by postgraduate students and professional archaeologists,
• supporting visiting lecturers speaking on Romano-British topics to schools, colleges, historical societies, etc.,
• funding of seminars and conferences on Romano-British Archaeology,
• other activities consistent with the Trust deed from time to time determined by the Board
The capital assets of the Trust consist principally of monies acquired as a result of two bequests, by Mrs Audrey Barrie Brown and Mrs. Beatrice Norman. The capital value of the Trust's assets as at December 2017 was £1.85m. Most of the Trust’s capital is invested in a balanced portfolio of equities intended to provide distributable income and capital growth in excess of inflation. The Trust generally aims to utilise approximately £25,000 per annum for grants to Romano-British archaeology and its own running expenses.
The Trust has also benefited from the gift of an archaeological archive and library by Mr. David Smith, formerly Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and the bequest of slides and other archaeological papers by Mr. Andrew Powell.
The Composition of the Board of Trustees