The Bone Detectives review

In the 1990s Channel 4 had a really good name for archaeology programmes, spear-headed by the brilliant Time Team with its open-minded yet scrupulously scientific approach under the tutelage of Professor Mick Aston. This was quite possibly my favourite TV programme of all time, so when I saw that they were running a new series... Continue Reading →

Archaeology on TV

A quick note for anyone in the UK who's at a loose end tonight - Channel 4 have a brand new archaeology series called The Bone Detectives starting at 8pm. I haven't had a chance to see what it's all about, but I do recognise the name of one of the presenters - Raksha Dave,... Continue Reading →

An exhibition a month

There's a nice list of exhibitions to visit during the year over on the hisdoryan website - which has even been neatly divided up so it features one event per month throughout 2020. As this is a history website, the exhibitions all have a historical bent, be it portraits of pregnant women, Alice in Wonderland,... Continue Reading →

The Name of the Rose review

Not mine quite yet. But mentioning The Name of the Rose in my post earlier today reminds me that my good friend Jay Mountney has a wonderfully well-argued and thought-provoking review of the book, the film and the recent TV series on her blog. Do go and have a look and see what you think.... Continue Reading →

The strange case of the missing papyrus

The Guardian has a wonderful piece today on a weird case involving ancient Biblical texts, items missing from museum collections and a conspiracy worthy of both the BBC's art detective series Fake or Fortune and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. It's a long read, but well worth it if you like puzzles involving... Continue Reading →

Arts & Crafts gardens

Two of my favourite things - gardening and the Arts & Crafts movement - in one handy little volume, which I was given as a birthday present in the autumn and have just finished reading. It's part of the Shire 'library' of pocket-sized illustrated guides to subjects which vary wildly in subject matter from trams... Continue Reading →

Kendal’s oldest lanes?

I spotted this brief but interesting piece in the Westmorland Gazette a few days ago, which delves into the history of some of the old paths, lanes and back alleys in the oldest parts of Kendal. In particular it focuses on Entry Lane, the wonderfully-named T'Crack, and a possible 'corpse road' (where coffins were carried... Continue Reading →

Two get windswept by the lake

No, this picture isn't the sea - it's Windermere on a stormy day! We took the morning off yesterday and walked down to the Windermere Jetty museum for a look round. It was a lovely visit as ever - coffee overlooking the head of the lake, then a mooch round the exhibits which are being... Continue Reading →

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