Tag Archives: Radio

Jacquetta updates!

Coming along to our fantastic free event exploring Jacquetta’s Mount Carmel experience on 18 March?  All welcome and there is still room!  Register and find out more here.

Yesterday Dr Christine Finn was interviewed on BBC Radio Jersey: she discussed Jacquetta’s Jersey archae0logy and some exciting news about her authorised biography – you can listen to the interview on the iplayer (up till 10 April).  Christine’s piece is about an hour into the broadcast.


Radio Repeats

Delighted to hear that the BBC Radio 3 programme about Jacquetta Hawkes, which featured the Archive and me, will be repeated in August (Saturday 3rd).  I thought it was a really interesting exploration of Jacquetta’s life, work and place in history – very rewarding to be involved with it.

Jacquetta Online Castaway

Now online: Jacquetta Hawkes talking to Roy Plomley for Desert Island Discs, 15 November 1980, about her life and archaeology.   So pleased that this has been made available.  It is absolutely fascinating to hear her!


On Blog and Pod (quick updates)

Quirky Yorkshire fashion blogger Noonton and Cocobean liked the Back to A Land Jacquetta Hawkes exhibition!

Great news!  The Radio 3 Jacquetta documentary is to be available indefinitely as a podcast.   So if you missed it, or want to hear it again, here it is!

More responses to the Radio 3 documentary and Back to A Land to follow … and do let me know your thoughts or any other reviews that you encounter.


Pick of the Week

The recent BBC radio programme about Jacquetta Hawkes is part of Radio 4’s Pick of the Week!  So it will be available online a little longer for anyone who has not heard it.

Radio Highlight: Past Personal

This Sunday (9 August) on Radio 3, Jacquetta’s biographer Dr Christine Finn explores why this public figure, who defined archaeology for the post-war generation, was forgotten for so long – only now being rediscovered.  The Hawkes Archive and me (Alison Cullingford) as its curator feature as part of the story.

Dr Finn unpacking the Hawkes Archive on its arrival at the University of Bradford in 2004

Dr Finn unpacking the Hawkes Archive on its arrival at the University of Bradford in 2003

The programme also  includes contributions from well-known archaeologists (Barry Cunliffe, Martin Henig, Michael Shanks) and from Jacquetta’s family (her son Nicolas and her step-son Tom Priestley).

Castaway Jacquetta

I recently came across this BBC web page about Jacquetta Hawkes’s appearance on Desert Island Discs, 15 November 1980.  Alas, the broadcast itself is not available, but the page lists her choices of records (Elgar, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Guys and Dolls), book (Goethe) and luxury (wine).   She chose two amusing records, Peter Sellers’ comedy sketch Balham: Gateway to the South, and a recording of her husband, J.B. Priestley, on Smoking in a Hot Bath.   I think it’s lovely that she chose a piece by him and one which is so characteristic of his writing and his personality.  It is currently available in print in Delight, J.B.’s collection of mini essays about things that made him happy.  It contains many of his best-loved pieces, including two of my favourites, Gin and Tonic 1940 and Quietly Malicious Chairmanship.