Tag Archives: London

Breaking Ground

Here’s a new exhibition with Jacquetta connections.  Students at UCL are curating Breaking Ground, which celebrates 75 years of the Institute of Archaeology.  The exhibition will be on show at the Institute from 10 May 2012 until February 2013.  Follow its creation via blogs and tweets!  As an active part of the close-knit world of British archaeology, Jacquetta had many links to the work and staff of the Institute, reflected in her archive.

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Return to Primrose Hill

Jacquetta Hawkes lived in Primrose Hill, London, from 1939 until her marriage to J.B. Priestley in 1953.  Her most famous book, A Land, begins with her lying on the turf of her back garden, thinking about the land below: “Not far below the topsoil is the London Clay, which, as Primrose Hill, humps up conspicuously at the end of the road”.  Primrose Hill is the starting point for A Land’s unforgettable, unclassifiable journey around Britain’s geology, archaeology, nature and landscape.

Dr Christine Finn will lead an event covering the important place of Primrose Hill in Jacquetta’s life and writings on Monday 2 August 2010.  Dr Finn will give a brief talk at Chalk Farm Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 at 6.30pm.  She will then take the group up Primrose Hill, along Fitzroy Road where Jacquetta lived, followed by readings and discussion at the top of the Hill.