Our Newsletters

We produce free newsletters that are emailed from time to time (about three times a year) to anyone interested in history and archaeology. They contain our latest news, as well as features on anything that appeals to us and hopefully you as well. We are able to stray well beyond the confines of our published books, as well as use photographs and other illustrations. At times we include a competition.

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All our newsletters are listed below, with a brief description of their contents, and you can click on each newsletter to read it. After reading or browsing, you will then need to click on ‘Our Newsletters’ in the sidebar to return to the newsletter list.They are listed in in reverse order, so that the last one appears first – a bit like a blog, but much more varied and easier to use!


PLEASE NOTE! Due to the slightly erratic nature of emails, things sometimes go wrong, so if you do not receive your first newsletter from us after a week or two of signing up, then let us know through ‘Contact Us’. The next newsletter will be for May 2019, coming soon.



        • Newsletter 54 – May 2019
          (We’re back! Penguin books, Exeter and Agatha Christie; Gibraltar Penguins; London’s Green Park gates; Mozart’s ‘O Calpe!’; Why We Love Dickens; Jane Austen in China; and more)
        • Newsletter 53 – May 2018
          (GDPR burden; Sad irons, flat irons and ironing boards; Exeter’s ungodly murder, Broadgate and Cathedral Close; ‘Seafurrers’ book; ‘Gibraltar’ events, reviews, magazine articles and interviews; and THE END)
        • Newsletter 52 – March 2018
          (Lancaster and the Slave Trade; the Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster Canal and Alexander Stevens; the American Revolution and John Trumbull; the Prudential and Gibraltar; Henry Ince, soldier-artificers, Methodism and Gibraltar’s tunnels; and more)
        • Newsletter 51 – December 2017
          (Letter boxes and Gibraltar; Out and about in Lancaster and elsewhere; Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History reviews; the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival; San Roque and bullfighting; and more)
        • Newsletter 50 – September 2017
          (Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History published; summary of the Great Siege; George Augustus Eliott 300 years (and Gibraltar stamps); John Drinkwater and the Regent’s Canal; and more)
        • Newsletter 49 – June 2017
          (200th commemorations of Jane Austen; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion; Hand printing, steam printing and computers; Early balloon flights and the first women to ascend; and more)
        • Newsletter 48 – March 2017
          (HMS Britannia, Gibraltar and World War One; Simnel cakes and Mothering Sunday; Travelling roundabouts, traction engines and steam fairs; and more)
        • Newsletter 47 – December 2016
          (Coxheath Camp in Kent; Maximinus Thrax Roman emperor; Seafurrers blog; Britain’s pre-decimal coinage; Christmas bells; and more)
        • Newsletter 46 – September 2016
          (Link extinguishers; The Year Without a Summer (including Tambora volcano and Frankenstein; messages in bottles; and more)
        • Newsletter 45 – June 2016
          (The forgotten Georgian town of Weymouth; the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in the US presidential campaign of 1804; teasels in textiles; and more)
        • Newsletter 44 – March 2016
          (Saucy Romans; Pillars of Hercules; Gibraltar sieges; Jane Austen and ‘Emma‘; Talking Archaeology; and more)
        • Newsletter 43 – December 2015
          (Plots for sale; Selsey (in Sussex) holiday camp, World War 2 evacuees, war memorials and smuggling; book blogs and bloggers; old Christmas greetings cards; and more)
        • Newsletter 42 – September 2015
          (Cyprus and the sugar industry; William Jones, elm coffins and elm disease; stagecoaches, changing horses and London’s Belle Sauvage; Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes; and more)
        • Newsletter 41 – June 2015
          (Transatlantic wireless telephone call from Arlington, Virginia, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Sweet F.A. and the murder of Fanny Adams; history of cans and can openers; World War Two miniature socks; Waterloo teeth; a Trafalgar retrospective; and more)
        • Newsletter 40 – March 2015
          (Magna Carta 800 years; learned societies; Jane Austen Down Under; Three-Age System; Magna Carta legacy; and more)
        • Newsletter 39 – December 2014
          (Doctress Who?; an illicit still at Whitestone in Devon; the ‘John Lilley’ shipwreck at Appledore; and more)
        • Newsletter 38 – October 2014
          (The War for All the Oceans retrospective and the 200th anniversary of the 1812 war; corn dollies and Frazer’s The Golden Bough; academic jargon; chimneys and chimney doctors; St Breaca’s church at Breage, Cornwall, with a Celtic goddess, Roman milestone and King Charles I painted board; and more)
        • Newsletter 37 – August 2014
          (Jane Austen in Southampton; Holy Rood Church in Southampton, with its memorials to the 1837 fire, sinking of the Titanic and Charles Dibdin, and the destruction in World War Two; Charles Dibdin and his career; too many anniversaries; World War One silk postcard souvenirs; ending of the first ‘Great War’ in 1814, with a rare monument; and more)
        • Newsletter 36 – May 2014
          (Jane Austen in paperback; World War One and humour in hymns; cotton reel tanks; Roman port of Ostia; Captain Benjamin Clement and Jane Austen; Mr Darcy’s wet shirt; and more)
        • Newsletter 35 – February 2014
          (The broken bridge at Avignon, and the famous song ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon’; Flooding and Muchelney in the Somerset Levels; the first steam locomotives and Richard Trevithick; the Great Oxendon ventilation chimney; Mansfield Park 200 years; and more)
        • Newsletter 34 – December 2013
          (Trafalgar Square and linear measurement plaques; medieval strip fields; Paradise Square in Sheffield (and selling wives); Christmas weather in 1799; Christmas in the First World War; and more)
        • Newsletter 33 – October 2013
          (Hardcovers v. paperbacks; letter writing and the postal service; the navy in ancient Rome; Dead Woman’s Ditch – a Somerset murder; and more)
        • Newsletter 32 – August 2013
          (Jane Austen’s England in the US; Huffington Post, Washington Post, reviews, blogs and talks; New Alresford – prisoners-of-war and the Portland Spy Ring; coronation commemorations; and more)
        • Newsletter 31 – June 2013
          (Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England publication; James Woodforde and the Parson Woodforde Society; Rough Music; Punch and Judy; Maiden Garlands; Tuthmosis IV; and more)
        • Newsletter 30 – March 2013
          (Teddy bears and Roosevelt; The Nag’s Head pub sign, May Day bonefires and other horse head rituals; General Pitt Rivers, an early archaeologist, and Cranborne Chase; and more)
        • Newsletter 29 – December 2012
          (Seasonal holly and ivy; Austerity Christmas; Road maps; Andover – a well-connected town; and more)
        • Newsletter 28 – September 2012
          (Autumnal weather; Roofs and eaves; Eavesdropping; Jane Austen’s England (our next book); Big Ben; American newspapers; Warminster; and more)
        • Newsletter 27 – June 2012
          (The Queen’s Jubilee; deserted villages on Cyprus; Rollright Stones, witches and forests; firewood; woodland crafts and charcoal; and more)
        • Newsletter 26 – March 2012
          (Old new year and calendar changes; Hamstone country; slingstones and Chesil Beach; Weymouth, Portland, Olympia and the Olympic Games 2012; Portland Stone; and more)
        • Newsletter 25 – December 2011
          (Oracle at Delphi; Christmas landslip at Axmouth; The Mistletoe Bough ballad; horse songs; and more)
        • Newsletter 24 – September 2011
          (Mud horses; axes; Fighting Sail series; Thomas Cochrane; Thomas Whistler and Adelaide; and more)
        • Newsletter 23 – June 2011
          (Pannier markets; rag trees; wreck of HMS Invincible; HMAV Bounty at Falmouth; and more)
        • Newsletter 22 – March 2011
          (Bramber and rotten politics; the depression gun; Jay’s or Kay’s grave; suicide burials, Codd bottles; and more)
        • Newsletter 21 – December 2010
          (Christmas in Basingstoke; halcyon days; Mold cape and a ghost story; Romulus and Remus and Italian POWs; and more)
        • Newsletter 20 – September 2010
          (End of the book; Pausanias and the Parthenon; White House burned down; Victorian values; weather forecasts; groynes; and more)
        • Newsletter 19 – May 2010
          (Collingwood on Tyneside; Navy Records Society; Thumbs up in Roman times; Scouring the Dragon; Ordnance Survey maps; and more)
        • Newsletter 18 – February 2010
          (Exeter theatre fire; family history and Nelson; William Hoskins and local history; William Hutton and Hadrian’s Wall; John Tregerthen Short at Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives; the history of salt; and more)
        • Newsletter 17 – November 2009
          (Mountbatten Maritime Literary Award; Devon witches; olive oil, wine and winter; Anglo-Saxon Sandbach crosses; forebitters; and more)
        • Newsletter 16 – September 2009
          (Anglesey; foreign holidays and Gibraltar; Branscombe pews and other church seating; and more)
        • Newsletter 15 – June 2009
          (Langport and Stuckey’s Bank; post boxes and the Carron Company; cropmarks; Quarterdeck; Dartington Hall; and more)
        • Newsletter 14 – March 2009
          (Jack Tar; Handbook of British Archaeology; Archaeological Illustration; Bath in the snow; Captain John Moutray; Pell Mell; and more)
        • Newsletter 13 – December 2008
          (Jack Tar; Sheffield’s old police box and Doctor Who; Chesapeake Mill; Audlem’s Bear Stone; stone circles; and more)
        • Newsletter 12 – October 2008
          (Nelson’s 250th birthday; Burgh Island; Swarland monument; Jack Tar; Handbook of British Archaeology; Kydd novels; and more)
        • Newsletter 11 – September 2008
          (Exmouth and A La Ronde; Brean Down; Hadrian’s Wall; The Greeks in Egypt; and more)
        • Newsletter 10 – June 2008
          (Mediterranean voyage; Chester place name; temples of Paestum; Livorno cemetery; and more)
        • Newsletter 9 – March 2008
          (‘Land of England’ by Dorothy Hartley; Roman bridges; Porchester Castle; Kensal Green Cemetery; and more)
        • Newsletter 8 – December 2007
          (Tales of Christmas past with candles, feasts and recommended books; Cassandra Austen gravestones; and more)
        • Newsletter 7 – October 2007
          (Flint buildings; chalk and cheese; Eddystone lighthouse; Egypt in Britain; and more)
        • Newsletter 6 – August 2007
          (Book titles; Greenwich expedition; East Greenwich Pleasaunce; Britain’s old fields; and more)
        • Newsletter 5 – May 2007
          (Canals; miniature Stonehenge; Dominique Vivant Denon; turnpike roads; and more)
        • Newsletter 4 – February 2007
          (Brixham; Secklow Mound; Traditional Songs for Spring and Summer; and more)
        • Newsletter 3 – December 2006
          (John Collingwood Bruce at Newcastle; Alexander John Scott memorial; Christmas in Napoleonic times; and more)
        • Newsletter 2 – September 2006
          (Broseley Pipeworks; Frederick Marryat Memorial; Beer ration in Nelson’s navy; and more)
        • Newsletter 1 – July 2006
          (Anson wreck; Thomas Randle at Topsham)