Tom Hassall

Tom Hassall OBE, MA, FSA, Hon. MCIfA.

Tom Hassall served as an elected OPT Trustee from 1973-2021. As a Trustee he was Chairman of both the Environmental Awards Panel and the Flood Alleviation Scheme Group. He was a member of the Castle Committee and lead Trustee for the Rewley Road Swing Bridge Restoration Project.

He directed the excavations on the site of the original Westgate Centre and in 1973 he was appointed the founding director of the Oxfordshire Archaeological Unit (now called Oxford Archaeology). From 1986 to 1999 he was the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. He is now an archaeological consultant and an adviser to the International Council on Monuments and Sites, providing guidance to UNESCO on the management of World Heritage sites.

Nationally he served as President of both the Council for British Archaeology and the International Council on Monuments and Sites-UK (ICOMOS-UK). He was Chairman of the UK’s Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites. Locally he was President of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society and Chairman of both the Victoria History of Oxfordshire Trust and the Society of Antiquaries of London’s Kelmscott Manor Management Committee.

He is an Emeritus Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford.   

Tom Hassall