Malcolm Todd

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Malcolm Todd
Born (1939-11-27)27 November 1939
Died 6 June 2013(2013-06-06) (aged 73)
Exeter, Devon
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality  United Kingdom
Alma mater St David’s College, Lampeter
Brasenose College, Oxford
Occupation Academic and archaeologist
Years active 1963–2000
Employer University of Nottingham (1965–1979)
University of Exeter (1979–1996)
University of Durham (1996–2000)
Title Principal of Trevelyan College
Term 1996–2000
Predecessor George Marshall
Successor Nigel Martin
Awards Fellow 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

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]

He then read classics at the St David’s College, Lampeter, part of the University of Wales. 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

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 and medieval Newark.[1]

He left the University of Nottingham in 1979 to take up the position of 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 a Brasenose College, Oxford in 1990 to 1991.[2] He was a Senior Research Fellow at the British Academy from 1990 to 1991.[4]

In February 1996, he was selected as the next Principal of Trevelyan College, University of Durham.[5] Took up the appointment in September 1996.[4] He was concurrently Professor of Archaeology, spending half his time at the university's Department of Archaeology and the rest dealing with college matters.[6] 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

Todd died of a heart attack on 6 June 2013 in Exeter. He was 73 years old.[1][7]


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



  • 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "Professor Malcolm Todd". The Times. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "TODD, Prof. Malcolm". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black. November 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "MALCOLM TODD". University of Exeter. Retrieved 18 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Prof Malcolm Todd". People of Today Online. Debrett's. Retrieved 18 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Martin (2006), p. 170.
  6. Martin (2006), p. 177.
  7. "TODD". The Telegraph. Telegraph Announcements. June 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Marshall
Principal of Trevelyan College, Durham
Succeeded by
Nigel Martin