Keith Westcott

Location: Banbury Oxfordshire
About me...

My search and discovery of one of Britain’s largest Roman villas in 2016, as a result of my initial theory which predicted it was there, has gained worldwide interest.  Earlier times, from initially diving on British Shipwrecks, to my time in a Crown Court ‘Dock’ as finder of Spanish silver buried at a castle in Oxfordshire, my actions were deemed responsible for the very last case of the 1000-year-old ‘British Common Law of Treasure Trove’.  Now a National Award-winning Director and Tutor with a course at the University of Oxford, my talks look to bring a sense of adventure to heritage, history and archaeology.  Looking forward… with financial backing from Historic England, I am developing a research and educational ‘Institute of Detectorists’, to promote a responsible and ethical approach to finding portable antiquities, a story in itself!

About my talks...

Talks can run between 45 to 90 minutes, with references and feedback available on request. The talks can be adapted in content and presentation style to suit requirements of either an entertaining, technical or motivational format.  Either Stand-alone or via PowerPoint, all necessary equipment provided by the speaker.


Speaker Charge is £80 excluding special events, which helps support my work on improving the practices of metal detectorists.  I am happy to travel the UK and may be available on short notice.  Travel costs beyond 30 miles of Banbury, are negotiable.

My Contact Details:

07767 663484

Diving the HMS Ramillies - a tangible memory:

Valentine’s Day 1760, the Sailing Master responsible for navigating this 90-gun Man-o-War through a savage storm could have heroically guided the ship to safety.  A tragic nautical miscalculation however, resulted in a flawed manoeuvre with no way back. It resulted in the loss of over 800 seafaring souls that night.  230 years on, I would find a tangible link to this event whilst diving the site, which would steer me on a new and fascinating course of my own.

The Queen's Coins:

Standing in front of a Jury in ‘the dock’ of Oxford Crown Court, my discovery of ‘The Broughton Castle Hoard’ is set down in history, as the very last case in the 1000-year-old, British Common Law of Treasure Trove.  However, the findings of the inquest, that a soldier buried the coins before the civil war siege of the castle, was soon to be turned on its head.   A report appeared suggesting that the Spanish silver coins had belonged to Queen Henrietta Maria, brought back from The Netherlands to fund the King Charles 1st Royal Cause, in return for selling off the Crown Jewels… the following research revealed fact to be, more bizarre than fiction.

Broughton’s Great Roman Villa - the theory and discovery of international importance:

A conundrum and I had particular one all of my own, a nagging mystery to me, of no particular interest to others. With certain facts to hand, over time I developed a theory based around the death and burial of a woman in her thirties, of slight build and around five feet tall… a very important woman. The clues may have leaned towards another archaeological presumption however, to me, she was buried there in view of her dwelling, a villa to such a status, that would match her sarcophagus burial.

All I had to do, is go out and find it! Broughton’s great Roman villa – the theory and discovery of international importance.

Discovering the Invisable

I can present a talk that includes information and facts from each of the three talks listed above. It is something of a whistle-stop journey, but nonetheless, it makes for a light-hearted and interesting 45/90 minutes.

Keith Westcott Contact Details:

07767 663484

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