Please follow this link to read Timandra French’s moving tribute to Nigel Macpherson-Grant, whose passing we recently announced:



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With great sadness, IOTAS has to let you know that our President of just under a year, Nigel Macpherson-Grant, passed away in 23 May 2020. We were so pleased and proud to have him as our President and are deeply sorry that we have now lost him as a guide and mentor. In his professional life, Nigel was in great demand by archaeological bodies over a wide area to pronounce on pottery finds from excavations, and his knowledge and expertise were profound. He was also a kind, patient and gentle person who was incredibly modest about his knowledge of ceramics: he used these qualities to pass on a little of his knowledge to us amateur archaeologists in the Society, and answer queries from members of the public. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him, some for a very long time, who still can’t quite believe that he is no longer with us.

Picture above shows Nigel doing what he loved – sharing his knowledge of ceramics at an IOTAS event.

2 Responses to NIGEL MACPHERSON-GRANT – President of IOTAS 2019-2020

  1. Vince Burrows says:17 June 2020 at 6:03 pm (Edit)A wonderful warm person I loved talking to at his flat. Always willing to help and such an interesting soul. He will be very sorely missed by us all. RIP my friend
  2. Mrs Janet Sayer says:9 June 2020 at 10:40 pm (Edit)Chairman Peter Shaw, together with all the volunteers and members of Crampton Tower Museum, send their condolences to the Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society following the loss of their President Nigel MacPherson-Grant. Our thoughts are also extended to any family he leaves behind.

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