The Sue Margeson Memorial lecture
It was an honour to be invited to give the Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture to the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society on Saturday 4th March 2017. In the course of my lecture, entitled Thoughts and Crosses: New Research into the Anglo-Saxon Church in East Anglia, I presented my latest work on the artefacts, sites and documents which shed light on one of the most significant cultural changes in our region’s history.
In late 2016 I acted as archaeological adviser and script editor to the BBC on two programmes about the Anglo-Saxon period aimed at younger viewers and listeners. The first was an episode of the My Story series set at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon village, which aired on CBeebies on 3rd November 2016. The second is a radio script for an Anglo-Saxon adventure story to be aired on CBeebies Radio in early 2017.
A Jolly Good Fellow
I was afforded the great honour to be elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in a ballot held on 6th October 2016. Since its foundation in 1707 the Society has supported ‘the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries’ and it is a privilege to be invited to join the Fellowship.
I recently acted as archaeological adviser and on-screen contributor to a short film for the HLF-supported Selie Suffolk Project. This series of films, made by women from Suffolk’s migrant communities, traces the history of migration to Suffolk from Anglo-Saxon times. The films were launched on 29 February 2016 and can be viewed here.
Excavation and Experiment
It is 50 years since excavations at West Stow revealed an extensive Early Anglo-Saxon settlement, and the site has subsequently become well known for its experimental reconstructions of Anglo-Saxon buildings. In 2015 I wrote a retrospective article about the site which appeared in the September/October 2015 issue of British Archaeology magazine. My article can be read by clicking here.
Sofa, So Good
I was the ‘Sofa Guest’ on BBC Radio Suffolk’s ‘All About Suffolk’ programme on 14 August 2015. During the course of the interview with presenter Lesley Dolphin I discussed my research into Anglo-Saxon archaeology and my previous work in Happisburgh. The interview can be listened to by clicking here.