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Some of the most popular Muddy Archaeologist 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
  • Digging Deeper in Pompeii with the Muddy Archaeologist
  • Latin Yesterday, Today & Forever
  • Roman Britain: What did the Romans Ever do for Us?

Contact me to arrange a talk for your society   Tel. 07860 637301
For more details please email

Of course, I would look forward very much to seeing you at any of the public talks below.
And don’t forget, if you’re in North Yorkshire, there are a wealth of courses to join in with too!

Public Talks by The Muddy Archaeologist in 2018

Tuesday 6th March 2018 :  The British Museum
1.15-2pm Gallery Talk :   Connections: The Ancient Greeks & their Place in the Mediterranean
Part of the BBC Civilisations Festivals
Creating a sense of time and place, providing the bigger picture of a vibrant ancient world – how the cultures we’re looking at were not isolated; the ancient Mediterranean was seething with different cultures that collided and connected, living in the shadow of some and experiencing direct exchange of ideas from others.
Details available here
NO Booking Required – Just turn up! 

Wednesday 20th June – Friday 22nd June 2018 :  Denman College, WI
Residential Course : Chedworth Villa: House & Garden the Roman Way
With a visit to the great Roman villa at Chedworth included, explore what life was really like for the up-and-coming villa owners of Roman Britain. See the site through an archaeologist’s eyes with Gillian Hovell, ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’ as your guide and lecturer, and discover how fashion, aspirations and aesthetics were introduced into our homes 2,000 years ago. Find out how our own homes still echo the ideals of Roman home-making. This is ‘Through the Keyhole’ in Roman life; join us and you’ll never look at a Roman villa – or your own home decorations and gardens – in the same way again!
Booking Required.   Visit Denman College here

July 2018 : ADFAS Australia Lecture Tour
Fleurieu – Adelaide – Geelong – Melbourne – Canberra – Molonglo Plains – Murray River – Ku-ring-gai
Click here ADFAS Lecture Tour flier  for the FULL DETAILS of dates, venues & times, & contact details

Saturday 8th September 2018Airedale & Wharfedale Association
Voluntary association of National Trust members: new members welcome

Tuesday 30th October Hull Literary & Philosophical Society
What did the Romans ever really do for Us?

Monday 12th November 2018 :    Osbaldwick & Murton WI
New members welcome

The Muddy Archaeologist will be speaking at the following Arts Societies

Open to members and guest visitors
Gillian Hovell is an Arts Society Accredited Lecturer

Vast and varied Arts Society Portfolio of Talks and Study Days available here

10 January        Crosby, Liverpool
18  January        Rugby
6 November     Grantham & District
19 November   Ealing
21 November   Liverpool
5 December    Claremont Arts Society, Esher
12 December   Appleby in Westorland
13 December   Painswick
21 December   Oundle

19 January        Welwyn Garden City

7 March              Gainsborough & District

13 March            Totnes

28 November   Oakham
10 December   Chester
11 December   Burghley, Stamford
12 December   Macclesfield

14 January         Alton