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Discover Jacquetta’s story via Unbound

Exciting news!  “Ice without, fire within”, Dr Christine Finn’s biography of Jacquetta Hawkes is being published via crowdfunding publisher Unbound. This offers an opportunity for readers to engage with the long overdue first biography of this fascinating woman.  Dr Finn follows in Jacquetta’s footsteps, and draws on her unique access to and knowledge of Jacquetta’s archive to trace her work from its origins in Cambridge to her celebrity status in London in postwar Britain.

If you are interested in archaeology, poetry, literature, culture, women, television, campaigning, nuclear issues … this book could be for you.  Take a look at the ‘pledges’, from e-books to talks and help make this book happen.



Beautiful, Inspiring, Moving: responses to Woman in Time

“Woman in Time”, our spoken word event based on the diaries and poems of Jacquetta Hawkes, went down ever so well.  Waterstones Bradford cafe was the perfect location, with a view of beautiful books and plenty of delicious cakes and coffee.  We got some lovely feedback – this cloud shows the words our audience used to describe the event.


Huge thank you to the British Science Association for funding this project and to Waterstones Bradford for being such lovely hosts.  And of course Tori Herridge for having the idea for this event and making it happen.  We are investigating possible venues for a repeat performance in London sometime soon … cake is a must of course.

Woman in Time

Woman in Time

Waterstones Bradford, 18 March 2015, 7-8 pm


Join Tori Herridge and me (Alison Cullingford) for Woman in Time, an exploration of humanity from its earliest days through to the turbulent middle years of the 20th Century.  We use poetry and spoken word performance to tell stories of three women. One of these women died, one went on to great things, and one disappeared.  Their lives intersected on one day 80 years ago …

Part of British Science Week.  Find out more on their website and register via eventbrite here.

Three Women in Time: poetry and science in March 2015

In March 2015, an event in Bradford will explore the stories of humanity from its earliest days through to the turbulent middle years of the 20th Century, using poetry and spoken word performance to tell stories of three women whose paths met on Mount Carmel in 1932. One of these women died, one went on to great things, and one disappeared.   Jacquetta Hawkes was the second of the three … here’s a glimpse of her take on the experience.

HAW18_3_26_44 Jacquetta Hawkes and Dorothy Garrod with donkeys

Jacquetta Hawkes and Dorothy Garrod with donkeys

We’re thrilled to share the news that Special Collections at the University of Bradford and Trowelblazers have been awarded a grant by the British Science Association for this event, Woman in Time.  Watch this space for more details!

Bleached Bone and Living Wood

Not a story directly about Jacquetta Hawkes, yet I think there are echoes of her interests.  Dr Christine Finn recently broadcast about a house transformed into a work of art.   The poet Wilfred Owen wrote his last letter to his family  in the cellar of a forester’s house in Ors in Northern France on 31 October 1918.  He was killed on the 4th.  The house is now a tribute to Owen’s life and poetry.  For pictures and more, see the Radio 4 page about the broadcast, which is currently available on the iPlayer.


A Land: An Object

A Land (1951) is the fusion of poetry and geology that is Jacquetta Hawkes’ best-known and most quintessential publication.  The book, and later responses to it, regularly feature on this blog.  Jacquetta believed that understanding the past and nature, how civilisation developed, was essential to human well-being, even survival.  This book expresses these ideas in a stunning new way, and resonates with activists, artists and academics to this day.

The title, in its various published and unpublished forms, is this week’s Object in the 100 Objects online exhibition at the University of Bradford.

Jacquetta circa 1951

Jacquetta circa 1951

“Out of the weald, the secret weald”

The latest online newsletter from the Society of Antiquaries (SALON) includes details of Dr Christine Finn’s 2010 events celebrating Jacquetta Hawkes.  In particular, Jacquetta will be well represented at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival, including an exhibition  based on the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, more details nearer the time.

The newsletter also includes Linda Hall on Puck’s Song by Rudyard Kipling:

“a brilliant evocation of landscape archaeology (although it rather falls apart in the last verse!) and should be compulsory reading for all budding archaeologists! But first it should be read aloud to all primary school children to arouse their interest and excitement in this country’s past”.

Jacquetta Hawkes shared the intense feeling for the meaning of landscape shown by Kipling in this poem (one of my own favourites).  I vaguely recall her mentioning the poem somewhere, so will try to track the reference down.