There are scattered references to what I will be doing on the plinth throughout my earlier posts, though I admit that "clues" would probably be putting it a bit strongly. Earlier (early) this morning I posted several illustrated messages that will come onto the website while I'm up there, and document what happens. So here … Continue reading Nearly there
You can hear about new posts to this site at http://twitter.com/pittsmike. As my plinth hour gets nearer (and I'm about to sign off the next issue of British Archaeology, so I'll have a bit more time) I'm preparing my plinth installation, and a lot of stuff that will go live as I go up. And … Continue reading I’m on Twitter
An hour outside in Trafalgar Square, up in the air, how can you not think about the weather? For many people on the plinth this unusually wet and cold July has come in the wrong year. What I will be able to do with my work there will of course be partly determined by whether … Continue reading Will it rain?
I was delighted to hear a couple of days ago than another archaeologist had suddenly heard she had a place (two weeks before her spot, at 2am on August 1 – she guesses someone else had wimped out). Christine Elgy will be there just three days after me. She has been digging for Worcestershire Historic … Continue reading On not being on the plinth
I met Ed Vaizey on Thursday, the Oxfordshire MP and shadow arts minister who turned out to be as personable as everyone says he is (you'll be able to read what he said in the next British Archaeology). Having never in my life voted Conservative, I struggle with exactly what I will do when the … Continue reading HOW old?
My first appearance in the plinth project (striding out, far right), talking to Nicky on the phone, while she watches me in this scene on the plinth website on my Mac back home
Yesterday I went to the press launch of the British Museum’s annual review. It was held in the quite beautiful gallery in the new Sir Joseph Hotung Centre, where Sir Percival David’s collection of Chinese ceramics seems to generate its own light. The event’s main point of interest was the BM’s proposed North West Development, … Continue reading Four plinths
Today, amongst other things, I’ve been editing readers’ letters for the next issue of British Archaeology. This is always one of my favourite editing jobs – and one of the most frustrating. I enjoy it because it’s good to hear from readers in this direct way, to learn a little about who and where they … Continue reading Dear editor
In autumn 1993, when I was a restaurateur able to take a four-month winter break, I went to London to buy currency for an imminent trip to the south Pacific. I’d planned also to see Rachel Whiteread’s House, a former Victorian terrace house in London’s East End that she had stripped away from the concrete … Continue reading On the beach
Spooky. No sooner had I written about our disappearing churchyards, than in the post this morning comes the latest Conservation Bulletin from English Heritage, featuring places of worship – cathedrals, churches and, yes, memorials. (If you have doubts about the value of English Heritage, you should read this bulletin, full of wise, informative stuff about … Continue reading Memorials