Nearly there

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

I’m on Twitter

You can hear about new posts to this site at 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

On not being on the plinth

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

Four plinths

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

Dear editor

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

On the beach

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