Poets’ Walk, Clevedon, North Somerset

At the southern end of the North Somerset town of Clevedon, a small promontory juts out into the Severn Estuary, bounded by steep cliffs on each water-facing side. Around the edge of this is Poets' Walk, a short, popular route named after two poets who visited Clevedon, Alfred Tennyson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Another poet, … Continue reading Poets’ Walk, Clevedon, North Somerset

Great Witcombe Roman villa, Gloucestershire

Nestled at the foot of the Cotswold hills in Gloucestershire, just as they begin to rise up and woods cover the landscape, lies the Roman villa at Great Witcombe, built in the second century AD with additions continuing on-and-off until the fourth. I'd walked up from the village, following the footpath along the field edges, … Continue reading Great Witcombe Roman villa, Gloucestershire

Ashurbanipal and the Assyrians at the British Museum, London

I'm lucky enough to be a regular visitor to the British Museum, and on a recent trip was excited to be able to see the latest exhibition, 'I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assryia', which explores the life and world of Assyria's last great king who reigned in the seventh century BC, … Continue reading Ashurbanipal and the Assyrians at the British Museum, London

Winter dreaming: the Greco-Roman theatre at Taormina, Sicily

On days that I work from home I'll always start with a walk. Nothing special at all, just a way to get some fresh air and a little exercise before turning on the laptop. Today, leaving the house I looked at the sky and was confronted with a quintessential January day in southern England: it … Continue reading Winter dreaming: the Greco-Roman theatre at Taormina, Sicily

People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire

High above the Severn Valley at the top of Frocester Hill, where you can look west across to the Severn estuary and the hills of the Forest of Dean, is a small-ish structure made of stone, soil piled up around it. The stones form an entrance behind which are three chambers. This is Nympsfield long … Continue reading People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire