thinking about archaeology

Jeremy Deller & Gabriel Moshenska

I was in London earlier this week to talk to two people who will be appearing in the next edition of British Archaeology.

This is Jeremy Deller in his local Italian restaurant, the Trevi, where we talked about his work while he had Marmite toast and tea. He has an entertaining and inspiring show on at the Hayward Gallery, where I learnt – in a section called “My failures”, about projects that didn’t happen – that he had proposed a replica Stonehenge trilithon (to be made in stone) as an entrance portal at the 2012 Olympics site.

This is Gabriel Moshenska, who is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Archaeology in London. The plaque was originally set up in St Johns’ Lodge, a luxury pad In Regent’s Park. The institute moved to Bloomsbury in 1958; when I was a student there the plaque was on the library wall. I think it would be fair to say that very few of us today really understand what Tessa Wheeler achieved. We urgently need someone to research this while there are still people who remember.

4 responses

  1. saraperry

    Just to note that Lydia Carr’s excellent PhD research on Tessa Verney Wheeler begins to tease out her importance to British archaeology. That research is about to be published by Oxford Uni Press: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Archaeology/?view=usa&ci=9780199640225

    March 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    • mikepitts

      Wonderful!

      March 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  2. Hello, Mike! I’m glad to see your timely interest in Tessa Verney Wheeler – I’ll look forward to your thoughts on the book. Lydia

    April 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  3. There is a very similar plaque on the wall of Verulamium Museum in St Albans.

    November 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

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