Margerie Venables Taylor
Margerie Venables Taylor
CBE, MA, FSA
|Born||20 January 1881|
|Died||24 December 1963|
|Alma mater||Somerville College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Archaeologist and historian|
Margerie Venables Taylor (20 January 1881 – 24 December 1963) was an archaeologist and editor of the Journal of Roman Studies, and held posts including Secretary for the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. She was particularly instrumental in recording excavations in Roman Britain.
Early life and education
Margerie Venables Taylor was born in 1881. She was a native of Chester in Cheshire. Her parents were Henry Taylor, a historian and antiquarian, and his wife, née Venables. She was educated at Queen's School, Chester and Somerville College, Oxford, where she took the examinations but, as a woman, at that date could not be awarded a degree.
- Secretary for the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies between 1923 and 1954, becoming vice-president in 1954 and president from 1956 to 1958.
- In 1925 she was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, where she was the first woman to hold the office of vice-president of the Society.
- Vice Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries in London
- Elected Honorary Research Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford in 1946
- In 1947 she became an honorary member of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
- In 1949 she was awarded with the CBE
She wrote a large number of articles for various archaeological journals, and for many years edited the Journal of Roman Studies. She contributed material on Roman Britain to the Victoria County Histories. She edited the medieval manuscript, De laude Cestrie, an urban eulogy praising Chester.
Journal of Roman Studies
Taylor had worked as an assistant to Francis Haverfield for several years, and following his death took up the editorship of the Journal of Roman Studies for a further four decades. Although not herself an administrator, she worked and travelled widely on behalf of the Haverfield Bequest, which was to be applied to the promotion of the study of Roman Britain.
As joint secretary of the Society of Promotion of Roman Studies and editor of the journal, she made the decision to focus resources on the journal at the cost of other projects, and to publish the annual account of excavation in Roman Britain. She also created the Congress of Classical Studies, held jointly with the Hellenic Society and the Classical Association, which became a triennial event.
- Obituary, The Times, 27 December 1963.
- Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 50, Parts 1 and 2 (1960), p. xi, "To Miss MV Taylor CBE, MA, FSA, A Tribute".
- "TAYLOR, HENRY (1845 - 1927), historian and antiquary | Dictionary of Welsh Biography".
- Historical Manuscripts Commission, summary report of papers from the Ashmolean Library Oxford, (reference: GB-0479-Taylor).
- Mark Faulkner (2008), "Lucian's De laude Cestrie", Mapping Medieval Chester, Mapping Medieval Chester Project, retrieved 6 September 2016
- Wheeler, M. (1925) Prehistoric and Roman Wales, Oxford, Clarendon Press.
- Britannia Vol 34, pp. 35-40, "The Haverfield Request 1921-2000, and the Study of Roman Britain," Malcolm Todd.