A Career in Ruins: Fifty Years of Digging, Discovery and an Obsession with Stonehenge

Julian Richards has been an archaeologist for 50 years. He started digging sites in his native Nottingham, did a degree at Reading University, and has stayed down south ever since, working for Wessex Archaeology, English Heritage and as an independent archaeologist. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, and has his own Blue Peter badge.

His study of Stonehenge led to work in broadcasting, eventually presenting 'Meet the Ancestors', and 'Blood of the Vikings' on BBC2 and 'Mapping the Town' on Radio 4. An acknowleged expert on Stonehenge, Julian has written the current site guidebook and a number of other publications, including 'Stonehenge - the story so far' and 'The Amazing pop-up Stonehenge'. His collection of 'Stonehengiana', constantly added to, has been displayed at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and in Austria.

Julian now divides his time between lecturing and curating museum exhibitions in the UK and abroad, and devising and leading community projects for both adults and school pupils. His most recent project, investigating Shaftesbury Abbey with 450 pupils, showed that he has not forgotten how to dig.

Tickets £15 from Crown Needlework, 115 High Street, Hungerford RG17 0LU, tel: 01488 684011 or email Jill Dedden, jilliededden@btinternet.com Wine/soft drinks and snacks included in the price. All proceeds go to "Cots for Tots" Charity.

Date: 
Friday, 8 November 2019 - 7:00pm
Event location: 
The Corn Exchange
Town Hall
Hungerford
Berks
RG17 0NF
United Kingdom