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‘A Potted History of Britain’ (Note date FIRST Tuesday of the month this time). Julian Richards (presenter of the TV series “Meet the Ancestors”) Tuesday 06 February 2018

This lecture charts the way in which ceramic production has evolved from 6000 years ago until the present day.   We will learn about the major changes that have shaped the way pots are produced and distributed, for example the effects of the Industrial Revolution on rural potteries, and we will look at the works of William de Morgan (1839-1917).  This is an extraordinary story, with some beautiful pots and about some inspiring potters.


Julian C. Richards FSA, MIFA - After three years Richards left the world of commercial archaeology and joined English Heritage to work on its Monuments Protection Programme (MPP). Returning to his roots in fieldwork, he inspected sites and prepared reports on the protection of important archaeological sites in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

In the mid 1990s Julian was asked to contribute to a TV programme about the construction of Stonehenge. His ideas led eventually to the programme Meet the Ancestors.

Meet the Ancestors was commissioned in late 1996. In the spring of 1997 he took a year's leave from English Heritage to work on it. He resigned his day job to work full-time in broadcasting and writing when a second series was commissioned.

As of 2005 he has presented six series of Meet the Ancestors, a five-part series Blood of the Vikings in 2002, both for BBC 2. In addition, he has written books to accompany both series. For Radio 4 he has presented eleven series of Mapping the Town.

Richards is also responsible for creating two site-interactive games: Hunt the Ancestor (for which he won a British Archaeology award) and Viking Quest, for the BBC History website. He has also been a regular contributor to the BBC History website and magazine.

He also received a British Archaeological Award for the programme Chariot Queen. On his personal website he also notes receiving a Blue Peter badge.

In 2007 he published 'Stonehenge: The story so far' (English Heritage) (ISBN 978 1 905624 00 3). Other works include 'Stonehenge; a history in photographs' (English Heritage) (2004) and 'The amazing pop-up Stonehenge' (English Heritage) (2005).

Julian lives with his family in Shaftesbury, Dorset where he maintains his special interest in the prehistory of Wessex and particularly Stonehenge.

He is patron of the Friends of Cromford Canal.