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Gillian Hovell

is a member of

The Society of Authors

and The Association of Freelance Writers



‘Visiting the Past Tours’

is the trading name of

Hovell & Dent Limited

 Registered Address:

Rays Farm, Smelthouses, Harrogate HG3 4DJ,  

Company No: 08315220




‘The Muddy Archaeologist’

is an informal identity

for Gillian Hovell,

independent freelance

Writer & Speaker,

historian and archaeologist



Talks  - Courses -  Tours  -  Guided Walks  - Displays


Festivals - Societies - After-dinner speaking - Author Visits

Schools - Universities - Careers Days - Study Days - Conferences

Archaeological Days - Classical Events

Guided Walks - Tours & Cruises - Day Trips

Latin - Archaeology - History - Writing


Phone me on 01423 771290 or 07860 637301 or

to book a lively, engaging professional talk tailored to your audience

At Exeter University’s Archaeology Career Day



Next Events:     


 Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum - The British Museum Exhibition (timed tickets)


 Sunday 2nd June - Monday 3rd June 2013    B&B  4* Guoman Tower Hotel  ONLY £159



    Monday 1st July 2013  A Muddy History of Britain - A Local View

                            7.30 pm  York Coronary Support Group


     Monday 8th July 2013     Topic tbc

                   12.30pm  52 Club, Wike



 Monday 15 July 2013  Christ Church Latin Group trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum



 Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum - The British Museum Exhibition (timed tickets)

 Sunday 28th July - Monday 29th July 2013    B&B  4* Guoman Tower Hotel  ONLY £159



  Wednesday 19th September 2013  The Romans on Holiday  (tbc)

                  9.15-2.30pm   Rossett School, Extended Learning.  Dayschool workshop

   Contact  Malcolm or Melissa 01423 563768 or contact me 01423 771290




Tours for 2014:       

         The Greek Islands  April / May 2014  17 and 27 day cruises on the Aegean Odyssey with Voyages to Antiquity           

            Prehistoric Orkney & Shetland - June 2014   9 days £1,689  

          A comprehensive ‘big picture’ of the prehistory of these stunning islands.

          Pompeii & Herculaneum - and Capri too   21st-29th September 2014   £1,895

          A breathtaking tour of the amazing Roman sites around the Bay of Naples




The diary is filling up for 2013 and 2014 -and bookings are being taken into 2015

Seize your chance to book your talk / event NOW!


Or phone me on 01423 771290  or 07860 637301 for details



I look forward to seeing you all!


More to come ...



And, as always, my thanks to all my hosts


Recent hosts include:

  The Bloomsbury Hotel, London for their private Dinner Talk to the national media


The Yorkshire Women’s Association in Sutton-in-the-Forest for inviting me to share A Muddy History - and for the wonderful atmosphere at your member’s 90th birthday celebrations

Staveley Historical Society  for thrilling to What the Romans Ever Did For Us

North Stainley Village Hall, raising funds for the church with  Pompeii - A Product of its Time : A Fresh Look at Frescoes


 Riccall Historical Society for inviting me to share Latin Yesterday, Today and Forever  

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