6 February 2009

Antiquarian Adventures

An interesting couple of days in London, mainly revolving around the Society of Antiquaries.

This was the tail end of the week of excessive snow, and indeed my train journey down on the Thursday was impressively snowy throughout. The first picture shows the train approaching Telford Central Station - exactly on time at 08.27 - and the second is "somewhere near Banbury". I was impressed with the new(ish) Wrexham and Shropshire train service (at least on the way down), which arrived at Marylebone three minutes early.

On arrival in London itself, despite the lack of snow there was some chaos. Various tube lines were disrupted, and the meeting which I should have attended had been cancelled whilst I was en route. (Due to very heavy snow in Leicestershire). However I was able to spend a bit of time chatting with friends and colleagues at MoLAS (now known simply as MOLA) HQ at Mortimer Wheeler House in Shoreditch.

Then to the Antiquaries for tea and sandwiches, and my inauguration... an exciting moment for me to be formally admitted into the Fellowship. On my way the Antiquaries I spotted this rather folorn snowman in the courtyard of Burlington House...

The following day was also spent at the Antiquaries, in attendance at Roger White's Wroxeter day. This was extremely interesting celebration of 150 years of archaeological work at Wroxeter, which provoked many interesting discussions about research, management and curation of archaeological sites and landscapes. Well attended by many Shropshire-based colleagues!

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