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Gillian Hovell

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Accredited Lecturer


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The Society of Authors


Copyright © Gillian Hovell



‘The Muddy Archaeologist’

is an identifying title

for Gillian Hovell,

independent freelance

Writer & Speaker,

historian and archaeologist


‘Visiting the Past Tours’

is the trading name of

Visiting the Past Ltd

 Registered Address:

212 Woodfield Rd


North Yorkshire

HG1 4JF  

Company No: 08315220

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Bringing Colour, Depth and Meaning to Life today

by Digging Deep into History


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Email me      Tel. 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301

My Biog


Archaeology  -  Ancient History  -  Latin


Why book me? - Events - Talks / NADFAS

Study Days & Trips - Literary - Schools - Holidays/Tours

Every event is personalised and tailored to your event and your audience.

Every event is quality, professional and value for money

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Why commission me?


A rich portfolio of varied illustrated talks is available on a wide variety of aspects of archaeology, ancient history and Latin

Click here for an additional list of talks specialising on ancient art.

Plan ahead and book me to talk during the fortnight CBA Festival of Archaeology in July 2015

Ex-BBC, I can promise you a professional, lively, engaging talk for your audience.


It’s not just dry and dusty ancient history, archaeology trenches and memories-of-school Latin;

It influences us today and shapes our modern lives; it’s alive and around us all in our modern daily lives

And I can inspire your audiences to see life in a new, vibrant way.


Reliable, providing quality and history with humour as well as an accurate narrative and thought-provoking insight.  


Digging Deeper into History to Provide Colour and Depth to Life Today


Contact me by email or Tel. 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301 to discuss topic, dates & fees


Booking now for 2015, 2016 and 2017


Click here for a full leaflet of available NADFAS talks.  They include io saturnalia! (a festive feast of Roman traditions that still continue in our Christmas celebrations today), Pompeii, its stunning frescoes, Roman villas, gods, their concept of beauty, the Ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean, Prehistoric art ... and many more.



Study Days available, exploring a wide variety of aspects of Greek and Roman art and how they still influence us today.


Trips and multi-day Tours can be arranged in the UK and Europe


Contact me by email or tel. 01423 203516  Mob 07860 637301 to discuss your requirements, dates and fees.









Enjoy a day of varied sessions that give you the context, the ‘big picture’ and the close up detail too

Ancient History, Archaeology and Latin all made relevant and dynamic

- it will change the way you view the modern world!


Please contact me (email or phone 01423 203516 / 07860 637301) to discuss your requirements, budget and a range of options.





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Museums, Festivals, Company, Society or  Private Dinners, Public or Private Lectures, University events, Fund raising, Literary Teas, Careers Events  ...

Why not join in the fortnight long bonanza that is the lively CBA Festival of Archaeology (July 2015) and let me take you on a tour or day trip to a site or museum, or a virtual trip with an engaging and ‘tricks of the trade’ richly illustrated talk ...  


I’m experienced at all these (and more) and will work with you to provide exactly what your audience want and to suit your event:

  a talk or event based about an area I’ve written on, or worked in, or about life and work in the writing/presenting business

  formal or informal, lecture-style or intimate and interactive, large groups or small,

   serious or light-hearted single session, multi-session event, or combining a variety (eg. Talk’n’Walk or Talk’n’Tour)


Contact me by email or Tel. 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301

                      to discuss topic, requirement, dates & fees




Cruises & Tours -  Courses & Classes  -  Talks / NADFAS

Events - Study Days & Trips  -   

Books -  Articles  - TV & Radio  -  Interviews  


Email me      Tel. 01423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301


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If you’re looking for a speaker to inspire your students, someone to train and inform your staff or governors, someone to entertain at your event for students or parents/guests, then look no further.


With experience at both primary and secondary schools, I can work with you to provide the outcome you need.


Contact me by email  or phone Tel. 01423 203516    Mob. 07860 637301

To discuss how I can help your pupils gain a new dynamic to their education



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Literary festivals, literary teas, library events, writing groups, book groups, author visits  ...



Published books include


Visiting the Past: Finding and Understanding Britain’s Archaeology


Roman Britain    A glossy pocket guide


Latin Yesterday, Today and For Ever  traces the rise of Rome and its effect on future millennia


A History of the Mediterranean - work in progress



Contact me by email or tel. 01423 203516  Mob 07860 637301 to discuss talks, events and tours relating to these books.




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Let us help you to organise a special holiday or tour for your group/society/staff.


‘The Muddy Archaeologist’ is also the archaeology host for the following

Saga Special Interest Archaeological Holidays

Ancient Wessex 29th June - 3rd July 2015

Pompeii 30th Sept - 7th October 2015

Pompeii 7-14th October 2015

Tunisia 20th-29th October 2015


Contact me to arrange a day trip for your group/society to ancient sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda, Bath, a Roman villa or two, prehistoric sites  ... and maybe their related museums too,

Or have a guided tour in the British Museum in London of the dawn of Western Civilisation

as we travel through the Greek and Roman galleries.  

11/11.30am - 5pm, allows for arrival & return by train from many locations in England.

Email me or Tel. 012423 203516  Mob. 07860 637301 for details


Visiting the Past Tours can take you and your society/group on a thrilling and engrossing narrative that lasts for a couple or days or up to 10 days or more.  Archaeological sites, visits to ongoing digs, evening lectures/briefings, illustrated handouts ... It’s not just a guided tour, it’s a visit into the past!Prehistory, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Monastic, Knights Hospitallers .... Many specialisms catered for.

Contact me to discuss options   Tel. 01423 203516   Mob. 07860 637301


2015 Tours are released ... Click here for details

We return to Prehistoric Orkney & Shetland  SOLD OUT


Discover Roman Britain at Hadrian’s Wall  

-  a tour from west to east and all stops in between.  

Every site is fresh, every site is different, every site comes to life.


Treat yourself to Pompeii & Herculaneum, a tour of a lifetime

as we investigate Roman history and daily life around the Bay of Naples

One of the most comprehensive tours of the region around Roman Pompeii that  you can join - come with us and wallow in Roman life.


Gillian  Hovell is a director of Hovell & Dent Ltd, trading as Visiting the Past Tours.

Other Muddy archaeologist activities are independent, freelance status.







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Relevant and engaging, on-time, accurate, professional, courteous.

Passionate and enthusiastic, history with seriousness and humour,

And to a high professional standard.


Dedicated to sharing archaeology, ancient history & Latin in person, in the spoken word, in the field, on-line and in the media.


Contact me by email or tel. 01423 772190   Mob. 07860 637301

To explore what you want and to make bookings.


Professional, independent public speaker,  diverse audiences,

Locally, nationally and on tour.

Ex-BBC staff (committed to entertaining as well as educating and informing)

Independent lecturer of courses in Ancient History & Latin for 14 years.

Making archaeology, ancient history and Latin fascinating and relevant to our lives,

Changing the way we see the world around us.


Commissioned Lecturer on cruises and tours (UK & Mediterranean) for companies such as Voyages to Antiquity cruises, Smithsonian Journeys (Pearls of Antiquity April 2015), Saga Specialist Holidays, & director/lecturer/guide of my own archaeological tour company, Visisting the Past Tours.


12 years’ experience hands-on in the fields of community archaeology

Leading, informing and sharing with the community and beyond.


Latin & Ancient History BA(Hons)

Author with 11 years’ writing experience. Published author and freelance for varied magazines, inc. regular contributor.

Award-winning writer  British Library / RHS international competition