Other assets and activities of the RRT


The Joan Pye Lecture
Joan Pye is a former Trustee of the Roman Research Trust. On retiring as a Trustee, she offered a sum of money to establish a biennial lecture series to be given by a leading archaeologist or Romanist. The object of the lecture series is to help disseminate knowledge and appreciation of our Roman heritage.

Eight lectures have now been given in the series. The first (13th June 2002) was delivered by Professor Barry Cunliffe on 'The Romans in Hampshire: Rural Settlement and Recent Archaeology'; the second, 'Recent fieldwork at Roman Silchester' (21st June 2004), by Professor Mike Fulford; the third, 'Fifty years of Roman Inscriptions of Britain', by Dr. Roger Tomlin (Wolfson College, University of Oxford) (22nd June 2006); the fourth, 'Understanding Britain as a Roman Imperial Possession', on 24th June 2008 by Professor David Mattingly (University of Leicester); the fifth, 'Vindolanda tablets: texts and contexts', on 27th March 2010 by Professor Alan Bowman (University of Oxford); the sixth, 'How coin finds are changing the face of Roman Britain: the contribution of the Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme', on 29th November 2012 by Dr. Roger Bland (British Museum); the seventh, 'The Legionary Fortress at Caerleon: recent discoveries and new perspectives', on 25th November 2014 by Dr. Peter Guest (University of Cardiff). The most recent lecture, Settlement and Economy in the Countryside of Roman Britain, took place on 6th December 2016, with talks by Prof. Mike Fulford and Dr. Tim Evans on the Roman Rural Settlement Project, which is bringing together much new evidence, principally from unpublished recent rescue excavations, to provide a fresh account of this neglected topic.

The David Smith Mosaic Archive
David J. Smith Mosaic Archive consists of books, periodicals, pamphlets, photographs and slides and represents a lifetime's research on ancient mosaics by David Smith, one of the foremost authorities on Roman mosaics. It therefore constitutes a valuable research resource. The Trust is committed to keeping the collection up-to-date by regular purchase of specialist mosaic publications.

In 1999 the archive, which is in the Trust's care, was transferred from Devizes Museum to the Library of the Institute of Classical Studies in the hope of making it more generally accessible to scholars. The library was transferred to the ownership of the Institute of Classical Studies in 2015. It is housed in Room 339 within the Library and can be consulted by request during opening hours.

ICS Library, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tel. enquiries: 020 7862 8709
Website http://www.sas.ac.uk/icls/