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Digging

Phew what a day! Today I spent my time at Stratford at Nash House, doing a lot of digging. To explain a bit, there is an archaeological dig happening at the New Place site at Nash House. Nash House was named after Thomas Nash, first husband of Shakespeare’s granddaughter, and a wealthy local property owner.Today, it is a well preserved Tudor building and the ground floor is furnished as it would have been in Nash’s day. It is a pretty amazing place to look around.

Next door to Nash’s House are the foundations of New Place. This was the house bought by William Shakespeare in 1597. By the late 1590s, Shakespeare was an established playwright and had amassed enough wealth to afford a new family home. New Place was the second biggest house in Stratford at the time and it was where Shakespeare lived when he was not in London. He died there in 1616.

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Thegns of Mercia at the Museum Part Two

Today I visited the Thegns of Mercia in the learning centre to see what Anglo-Saxon goodies they had on offer to show me. I got a little over-excited at the weapons, but the creepy furs were still there…including one from a reindeer. I have included a cute photograph that I took of a reindeer, to show my sorrow…

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Did it make you go “awwwww”?

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Thegns of Mercia at the Museum Part One

Well its been an interesting day at the museum- a few Anglo-Saxon men popped by to the gallery to say hello! Pretty average day then eh? To explain things a little, the museum had a special event which was organised by the Thegns of Mercia, a group of people dedicated to celebrating and raising public awareness of English history from the Migration period through to the end of the early Medieval age, and exploration of these periods through primary research, public events, and re-constructive archaeology.

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Gallery Day

Told you the Anglo-Saxon stuff would be coming…

I love Mondays (yes you read that right) and I shall tell you why. Every Monday I work at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, specifically on the Staffordshire Hoard. This isn’t just any Anglo-Saxon Hoard- its the only Anglo-Saxon Hoard, which is why I get hundreds of visitors to see it (even on a Monday!). I love my job as I get to spend the day wandering around chatting to lots of visitors, answering questions on history, talking to people about their interests. As you can probably tell, I’m a bit sociable.

I also get to do lots of research surrounding the Hoard and all the general theories about what it is and why it ended up in a field just outside of Lichfield. Here are some of the items from the whole collection:

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Hadrian’s Wall

MORE ARCHAEOLOGY- yes, I know you’re excited. Well, I decided to create a photobook from all the photographs I took on my trip to Hadrian’s Wall. It includes some Anglo-Saxon as well as Roman archaeology and information, as well as some interesting artefacts from museum collections.

I’m getting it printed in a fab hardback edition so I can gloat over my photographic skills. It is also to remind me of the sweaty humid hike I took up to Housesteads Roman Fort- I thought at the time that it would be amazing to just power walk to the top. However, when I got to the top, my legs decided to shake uncontrollably and I was reminded of how unfit I am.

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Wroxeter Roman City

I’ve become slightly obsessed with Roman history in Britain recently- which is strange because I’ve actually started to work on an Anglo-Saxon collection at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. But before I even start on the Anglo-Saxon updates, I thought I would share some more of the sites I’ve been visiting. Its interesting that some of the sites I have been visiting do have Anglo-Saxon evidence present!

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