Tag Archives: Belton House

Mind the Gap!

I do apologise for the month-long gap since my last blog post – and also for the terrible title of this one, which will, I’m afraid, be a bit of a catch-up and hotchpotch. But so what, we do hotchpotches … Continue reading

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Time Team. The Great War: the great leveller

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday: 11/11/12. At 4.40 in the afternoon Channel  4 will be broadcasting the programme we filmed at the Machine Gun Corps training camp at Belton Park, just outside Grantham, Lincolnshire. I’m not sure how this will … Continue reading

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Welcome to My Family Home: the Belton Spitfire Prom.

Many years ago – sometime back in the Middle Bronze Age – I used to be a Morris dancer. I know it’s hard to credit, given my almost total lack of bodily poise, grace or presence, but it happened, largely, … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20, my second episode: Lest we Forget

I’ll keep this one short, like the one minute remembrance silence that Tony spontaneously called for at the end of the final scene. I don’t think it was filmed, and probably just as well – we were cold, tired and … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Day 3

A strange day, and in many ways a moving one. The morning was relatively routine: we caught up with our recording and other archaeological house-keeping. I also opened another trench where the geofizz signals looked very promising. It was OK, … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Day 2: Nothing is Ever as Simple as it Seems

The Machine Gun Corps was founded in 1915 as a response to Germany’s overwhelming superiority in machine guns and the way they were used. Put succinctly, the enemy were light years ahead of us, and it was something that was … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Day 1

Each episode of Time Team starts with a Production Meeting in the evening of Rig Day. Normally these are held in a conference room at the hotel where we’re all staying, but this time Production have rigged a large marquee … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Second Episode: Rig Day

I’ve just been walking across an idyllic English country house’s huge park, but my mind wasn’t on beautiful vistas and statuesque tree-lined avenues. Sadly my eyes were on the ground and my thoughts were far from tranquil. I was only … Continue reading

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