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

In the land of the Prince Bishops: the city of Durham, England

The city of Durham is one of my favourite places. The medieval castle and cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site standing high up on a wooded peninsula above a bend in the River Wear, and the steep, winding streets below form an historic centre the equal of anywhere in Europe. Bill Bryson, in his Notes … Continue reading In the land of the Prince Bishops: the city of Durham, England

Public art and retelling a city story: St Kyneburgh’s Well, Southgate Street, Gloucester

Just above the docks of Gloucester at the end of Southgate Street where one of the old Roman gates into the city once stood, there's now an open space known as Kimbrose Triangle. Within this space is a large two-part installation in steel by the artist Tom Price, one a hollow tower standing to about … Continue reading Public art and retelling a city story: St Kyneburgh’s Well, Southgate Street, Gloucester

An Italian oddity in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Every town has its oddities and Cheltenham is no exception. Behind the Town Hall in Imperial Square, tucked away in a recess in one of the buildings is a fountain. It's not functioning, or even very clean, but there it sits behind a fence with a nice little ornate hedge in front of it. The … Continue reading An Italian oddity in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire