Bob Whitaker is made Honorary Life Member

BACAS recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, and the Committee decided to make Bob Whitaker our first ever Honorary Life Member.

John Richards gave the address at the AGM in February 2024:
“Bob Whitaker was a member near the very start of the Camerton Excavation Club, the forerunner of BACAS. He joined in 1949, is listed as a member in Camertonia, no 1, 1950 and continued for the next few years, travelling down to the Camerton excavation by bus on a Saturday.

Then Bob took a break to do enter the field of work. He never lost his interest in archaeology, though. And, particularly Roman Britain. He has done extensive work on Roman Roads. Bob even used his scuba diving skills in 1967 to dive in the Roman Spring chamber below the Kings Bath and crawled along the outfall culvert in an attempt to define the course of the waters as they head east towards Parade Gardens.

In 2001, Bob was awarded an MA in Landscape Archaeology by the University of Bristol.

Bob was our Chairman from 2001 to 2018 and since then he has been our Director of Archaeology and then Archaeological Advisor. He has also been a trustee for many years. In 2018, he received the Clive Peacock Award.

I am delighted to be able to present this award to our first Honorary Life Member, Bob Whitaker.

Photo: John Richards (left) presents the award to Bob Whitaker.