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Welcome to the website of Gillian Hovell BA (Hons)!
Award-winning Writer, Lover of Latin, Classical Historian, Prehistorian and Muddy Archaeologist.

As an author and public speaker, I’m in the business of lively, professional communication through talks, study days and courses, tours and cruises, the written word, film and audio.  

In person, in the field, on line and in the media I’m renowned for changing the way folk see the world around them.

I can do this for you and your audience by: 

  • showing how our modern lives are filled with stories and influences from the past,
  • revealing the relevance of the history, archaeology or Latin that is all around us,
  • discovering the underlying humanity that makes us part of the ‘big picture’ of history
  • opening our eyes to finding and understanding archaeological sites and finds
  • and so adding colour and depth to our everyday lives.

Informative, entertaining and lively

Ex BBC TV, I specialise in making all history and also the classics relevant and exciting, and in opening the audience’s eyes to seeing the richness of heritage around us.

My talks inspire and inform courses, national and local societies and community projects, and are perfect to inspire travel and tourism companies, museums, galleries, history-based and classical associations, universities and colleges, and literary groups, amongst others.

A wide-ranging portfolio of talks is available.

To book a richly-illustrated, engaging and lively talk …

 Or join me on a tour or a cruise

Or contact me to arrange a private tour

Tel. 01423 203516   Mob. 07860 637301

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About Me

Author, historian, archaeologist and public speaker of considerable experience and range, I specialise in providing passion, colour and depth to the present by visiting the past – whether it be through books, lively illustrated talks, articles, archaeological tours and cruises, walks, community archaeology projects,
Courses and classes, media.

Ex-BBC, I’m delighted to contribute via radio/audio, film, apps or printed media
and I love meeting you in person at events too.

As Author, Writer, Tutor, Presenter and Public Speaker at events, in the media, on tours and cruises etc, I work as a freelance independent self-employed professional.



After graduating in Latin & Ancient History from Exeter University in 1983, I spent several years working in BBC Television on everything from live television at No.10 to the Domesday Project (remember that?) and a spell in Children’s Programmes, as well as Drama Series & Serials and Science & Features.

I moved to North Yorkshire where I began to throw myself (often literally) into archaeology and started my award-winning writing and public speaking career.

I love to share history through teaching Latin and Classical History, community archaeology projects, writing books and articles, or presenting in person, on-line, in the media and on tours and cruises to demystify the past – I aim to open our eyes to see that it’s all around us, if we just know where to look …

“But what use is Latin and Ancient History?” is a question I am frequently asked, to which my answers were, and are, many and varied but which nearly always include the concept “because it’s FUN!”.

For history and archaeology are all around us. We see it every day of our lives and use Latin and classical echoes all the time, often without even realising it – and it can be great fun. Honest. And it’s a privilege to be at the cutting edge of unearthing and sharing muddy history when I’m out on community archaeology sites or major international sites too.



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Some of the most popular talks are:

  • Pompeii – A Product of Its Time – A Fresh Look at Frescoes
  • A Mediterranean Tour – Not Just  a Load of Old Stones
  • A Muddy History of Britain – A Local View
  • Latin Yesterday, Today & Forever
  • Roman Britain: What did the Romans Ever do for Us?

Gillian Hovell is a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer

Contact me to arrange a talk for your society – more details coming soon!
For more details please email gillian@muddyarchaeologist.co.uk>


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It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

Requests, comments, feedback … just write to me at the address below or:

Phone me on 01423 203516 or 07860 637301

Or email gillian@muddyarchaeologist.co.uk