Museum review: Ashmolean

The Ashmolean Museum’s new Egypt and Nubia galleries are now open to the public, after a £5m refurbishment. The project involved a complete redesign of the museum’s four existing Egypt rooms, expanding into the Ruskin Gallery, to showcase more of their world-renowned collection and thereby allowing objects previously hidden away in storage for decades to […]


Vindolanda Tablets

In Spring 1973, Robin Birley made the greatest discovery of his life: a small, thin fragment of wood which unfolded to reveal ink-marks…


Staffordshire Hoard

An Anglo-Saxon hoard containg over 1,346 gold and silver items has been discovered by a metal detectorist in Staffordshire, England


Sutton Hoo

The Sutton Hoo ship cemetery was one of the ideological forging-houses of early Medieval kingship in Europe. Here we discover how kings were first made.


Review: The Dig

John Preston’s The Dig, a story about the excavation of the Anglo-Saxon site of Sutton Hoo, has now been published in paperback. It captivated me with its elegy for a great excavation, and the troubled and somewhat complex characters surrounding it. Anyone who has read Angus Wilson’s Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956) as well as the extraordinary field […]


British Academy

The rationale behind the changes We approached the British Academy for an explanation for the changes in funding of institutes and societies. Margot Jackson, Secretary for Overseas Institutes and Societies, sent the following letter: I hope you will find the following helpful in explaining the rationale for some changes in our approach to funding institutes […]

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