Herissons in the Chichester Cathedral

Herissons in the Chichester Cathedral

Whilst I was on duty in Chichester Cathedral a couple of days ago, I was chatting with the erstwhile head guide – a fount of all knowledge. He mentioned the hedgehogs in the North Transept, as if I was well aware of them. So I had to come clean and admit that...
Victorian Giants

Victorian Giants

The Beast from the East thwarted my attempt to visit Glasgow to enjoy all the art and culture the city has to offer. The night sleeper from Euston, booked many months ago, was cancelled and from what I heard about conditions on the streets up there, it seems that was...
Sunshine reveals Gravestone Secrets

Sunshine reveals Gravestone Secrets

I am part of a team conducting a graveyard survey in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church, Mid Lavant. Last October we spent a weekend learning all about the need to record the gravestones of ancient parish churchyards, before the writing on the stones vanishes...
Spring is on its Way

Spring is on its Way

A couple of weeks ago, before the ‘Beast from the East’ arrived, I conducted a guided tour of Goodwood en route to the lambing shed! The cheeky little chap you see here had been born just the night before we arrived. We were a group of about twenty – adults and...
John Keats returns to Chichester

John Keats returns to Chichester

After much anticipation a statue to the poet John Keats has been unveiled in the centre of the city! The poet visited Chichester in January 1819, staying with the parents of his friend, Charles Dilke in Eastgate Square. So it is fitting that the sculpture depicts John...