Malcolm Todd

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Malcolm Todd

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Born(1939-11-27)27 November 1939
Died6 June 2013(2013-06-06) (aged 73)
Exeter, Devon, England, UK
Alma materSt David’s College, Lampeter
Brasenose College, Oxford
OccupationAcademic and archaeologist
Years active1963–2000
EmployerUniversity of Nottingham (1965–1979)
University of Exeter (1979–1996)
University of Durham (1996–2000)
TitlePrincipal of Trevelyan College
PredecessorGeorge Marshall
SuccessorNigel Martin
AwardsFellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA)

Malcolm Todd, FSA (27 November 1939 – 6 June 2013) was a British historian and archaeologist with an interest in the interaction between the Roman Empire and Western Europe.

Early life[edit]

Todd was born on 27 November 1939 in Durham, England, to Wilfrid Todd, a miner, and his wife Rose Evelyn Todd.[1][2] He was educated at Henry Smith School, a grammar school in Hartlepool, County Durham.[1]

Todd studied classics at the St David’s College, Lampeter. He graduated in 1960 Bachelor of Arts (BA).[1][2] He then attended Brasenose College, Oxford where he studied under Ian Richmond for a diploma in classical archaeology (DipArchaeol).[1][3] He achieved a distinction.[2]

Academic career[edit]

In 1963 Todd went to work as a research assistant at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn in Germany, where he remained for two years.[2] In 1965 he became a lecturer at the University of Nottingham.[1] He was promoted to senior lecturer in 1974 and to reader in archaeology in 1977.[2] At Nottingham he undertook excavations of Roman Ancaster, East Bridgford (Margidunum) and medieval Newark.[1][4]

He left the University of Nottingham in 1979 to take up the position of Full Professor of Archaeology at the University of Exeter, the first person to hold that chair. Excavations undertaken while at Exeter include Hembury, Bury Barton, and Charterhouse-on-Mendip.[1] He was visiting professor at New York University in 1979, visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford in 1984, and visiting fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford in 1990 to 1991.[2] He was a senior research fellow at the British Academy from 1990 to 1991.[5]

In February 1996, he was selected as the next principal of Trevelyan College, University of Durham[6], and took up the appointment in September 1996.[5] He was concurrently Professor of Archaeology, spending half his time at the university's Department of Archaeology and the rest dealing with college matters.[7] From 1996 to 2000 he was an archaeological consultant to Durham Cathedral.[1] He retired in 2000.[2]

As well as his academic posts he served on the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England from 1986 to 1992, and on the council of the National Trust from 1987 until 1991.[2]

Later life[edit]

Todd died of a heart attack on 6 June 2013 in Exeter. He was 73 years old.[1][8]


Todd was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[3]

Selected works[edit]


  • Everyday Life of the Barbarians: Goths, Franks and Vandals. London, 1972
  • The Coritani. London, 1973
  • The Northern Barbarians: 100 BC – AD 300. London, 1975 (Rev. ed. Oxford, 1987)
  • The Walls of Rome. London, 1978
  • Roman Britain 55 BC – AD 400: the province beyond ocean. Brighton, 1985
  • The South West to AD 1000. London, 1987 (with a contribution by Andrew Fleming)
  • The Early Germans. Oxford, 1992
  • Migrants & Invaders: the movement of peoples in the ancient world. Stroud, 2001
  • A Companion to Roman Britain. Malden, Mass., Blackwell, 2004 (editor)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Professor Malcolm Todd". The Times. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "TODD, Prof. Malcolm". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black. November 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b "MALCOLM TODD". University of Exeter. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Buildings at Margidunum". Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Prof Malcolm Todd". People of Today Online. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  6. ^ Martin (2006), p. 170.
  7. ^ Martin (2006), p. 177.
  8. ^ "TODD". The Telegraph. Telegraph Announcements. June 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Marshall
Principal of Trevelyan College, Durham
Succeeded by
Nigel Martin