St Paul’s Cathedral: Hidden History & Half-truths

  by John Schofield ‘A 12-year-old girl’s signature from 1689 and the effect of many fingers on a Falklands Campaign memorial of 1985.’ Much has been written about St. Paul’s Cathedral and about Sir Christopher Wren, but even now there are intriguing bits of hidden history to reveal and myths about the building to dismantle….

Storms, War and Shipwrecks at the Ashmolean : A Feast for all Senses

 Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Ashmolean Museum’s latest exhibition: Storms, War & Shipwrecks. With such a powerful title I was expecting great things. I was not disappointed. Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas tells the incredible story of this Mediterranean island through finds rescued from the sea by…

Oxbow Books and Distributed Publishers in the media

Over the past couple of months Oxbow Books and other distributed publishers such as MOLA, have received great reviews in the British media. Three Oxbow authors have written fascinating features for History Extra and The Independent online have written an article on the archaeological research carried out by MOLA, on how London became Britain’s capital. For…

Trailblazing Women From Medieval History

By Susan Signe Morrison “Though I treated him worst, I loved him best.” These are the last known words of an eleventh-century Icelandic woman, Gudrun Osvifsdottir. Married four times, Gudrun helped plan her true love’s murder, only to later become Iceland’s first nun and anchoress, a hermit who lived alone in a cell. This seductive…

Current Archaeology Live 2016

Last weekend Oxbow Books had the pleasure of attending Current Archaeology Live 2016. Hosted by the magazine of the same name, this conference is attended by many archaeologists, from the hobbyist to the most respected experts. The two days are filled with lectures on the latest finds and ground-breaking research given by leading experts, an…

Discovering Britain’s Home Front 1914-18

Between 1914 and 1918 Britain’s cities, towns, villages and countryside were transformed by war.  For the first time in generations her population was directly threatened by conflict.  Coastal towns were bombarded by German warships and submarines, while airships and aircraft brought death and destruction from above.  Across the country thousands of factories were turned over…

Doug Kennedy photographing his way through the North Downs Landscapes

I was brought up in Barnes, in south-west London, and if I went to the countryside for the day, or a weekend camping with the boy scouts, the destination would be somewhere in the North Downs, usually near Dorking or Guildford. Later on it was orienteering in forests, anywhere from the Hogs Back to Sevenoaks…

Wessex Archaeology Launch New eBook Series

Wessex Archaeology are delighted to announce the launch of a new ebook series to be distributed by Oxbow Books. Wessex Archaeology have been working with Oxbow since the late 1990s and this exciting new venture is the latest development in the long partnership. The new series is launching with the Amesbury Archer and the Boscombe…

The Process of Preparing Maps

Giles Darkes, Cartographic Editor for The British Historic Towns Atlas, discusses the process of preparing the maps for the latest volume in the collection – Windsor and Eton. When cartographers create maps, we’re always deciding what to include and what to leave out, so as to portray in as clear and honest a way the information that the…

Council for British Archaeology South-East AGM and Conference

Don’t forget to book your place at the 2014 CBA South-East AGM and Conference! The conference will take place on Saturday 1st November in the Huxley Lecture Theatre at the University of Brighton. Click here for full details of the conference and how to book your place. The theme will be ‘Aspects of Pre-History in…

20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

From the 10th to the 14th September 2014, the European Association of Archaeologists’ 20th Annual Meeting was held in Istanbul. Oxbow was represented at EAA 2014 by Managing Editor Julie Gardiner, accompanied by Dr Mike Allen, Series Editor for our new Studying Scientific Archaeology series (and Julie’s husband by pure coincidence). We had just a…