Wednesday, 20 January 2021 12:03

Brian Hobley

Chief Urban Archaeologist

1973 — 1989

 Brian Hobley New Head of City Excavations1973                                                      (1930 - 2023)

Brian Hobley passed away on 16th November. He was 93. He had a fall the week before which resulted in multiple fractures. He died in hospital a week later of hospital-acquired pneumonia. The funeral service was held on 7th December 2023 at Canley Crematorium Coventry.

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Marianne Richards MSc. Saturday, 03 February 2024 23:18 posted by Marianne Richards MSc.

    I was 11 years old when I joined Brian's dig at The Lunt. Allowing me to dig out a cess pit, he came over later and told his companion, 'now that's the way a pit should be excavated.' A small thing maybe, but I've remembered that all my life and it has sustained me through a difficult life, with late-diagnosed autism. And I've also retained a fondness for archaeology.

    Rest in peace, Brian.

  • Comment Link John Maloney Thursday, 30 December 2021 10:18 posted by John Maloney

    A Brian Hobley update from John Maloney.
    I thought that you might be interested to know that I was recently in email contact with Brian and this is a digest of his response:

    I am now 91 and - dare I say it - apart from ageing, I am in good health. I would not believe I could have found the ultimate happiness of my life in the last 6 years due to meeting a widow lady of German birth.

    As you know after the DUA, I gave the next 20 years to writing my book. Remarkably the publisher contacted me 2 weeks ago to say that since 2015 the book has sold well, notwithstanding its large size and price £110 hence it will stay in the catalogue. I am now living in an over 55yrs. resident apartment block in central Warwick on the edge of a river Avon park close to the castle.

    On reflection my time with the DUA are very precious to me and I would enjoy greatly meeting our team friends again in London or elsewhere if appropriate.

    My best wishes and fond regards Brian

    Best wishes, John

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