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Isle of Wight Joint Field Trip with IWNHAS

To commemorate the centenary of The Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society a joint visit to the Isle of Wight has been organised. Proceedings, Vol 9, Part 1 1920 - pp. 147-8, has an announcement of the setting up of the ISNHAS. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the decision has been taken to postpone the visit from 2020 to 2022; the new date is given below.

Locations to be visited: Brading Roman Villa, Thornycroft Boat Testing Tank and Steyne Wood Battery at Steyne House, Bembridge

Date: This is now postponed until Spring 2022,  dates, times and costs tbc.

The Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society has invited us on a joint field trip to celebrate their centenary with visits to Brading Roman Villa and two fascinating historic buildings in the grounds of Steyne House.  

Since its foundation the Field Club has had strong links with the Island. It had an Isle of Wight Section led by George Colenutt (1862-1944) who served as the ‘Local Honorary Secretary for the Isle of Wight’ for nearly 60 years. He used to organise popular field trips to the island every year from 1887 onwards. He had the honour of being the IWNHAS’s first President.
Since the Field Club’s last visit to Brading Roman Villa in 2009, more remains have been revealed. The re-excavation of the North and South Ranges have added to the original findings of 1880. Victorian artefacts were also uncovered, including glass bottles, leather shoes and even a baby’s dummy!

Steyne House was the home of the Thornycrofts, the family behind the Southampton shipyards and the Basingstoke motor works. We will be visiting the remarkable testing tank where Sir John I Thornycroft and his daughter Blanche worked on their innovative marine designs, including those for the Coastal Torpedo Boats. There is also an intriguing Victorian battery in the grounds.

Thornycroft Test Tank
Thornycroft Test Tank c. 1911 © Keith Harcourt 2017 Classic Boat Museum

Cost: To be finalised. Current estimate £15 Members, £20 Non-members. Will include admission to Villa, guided tours, refreshments on arrival and taxi between Brading and Bembridge. Package including lunch at Villa will also be available.  Welcome to bring packed lunch. Cost does not include public transport to Brading and back from Bembridge. Further details of cost and public transport will be available soon and in the July mailing.

Contacts for more information: Email Jan Bristow or Jo Bailey

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