Girls on the Road

Traveling in the UK is an adventure – for me anyway – I always check which historical sites (be it pre-history or Victorian) are on my way and sometimes I just follow those lovely brown signs that lead to little known treasures for a history buff like me.

Colchester Castle Museum
Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester  lay on our way to Leiston Abbey and spending a few hours in a town that is famous for being destroyed by Boudica in around 60-61AD and has  a rather nice museum within the renovated ruins of a Norman Castle (incidentally that castle was built on the ruins of the temple that Boudica destroyed) could not be missed.

Inside Colchester Castle Museum
Inside Colchester Castle Museum

Lovely little town I thought – Castle Museums was very well sign posted and even more interesting than we anticipated. It’s rather compact but follows the history of this town from well before the Roman period to modern times with lots of interactive displays and a rather nice tablet guide with extra content – welcome to the 21st century I say.

Mosaic at Colchester Museum
Mosaic at Colchester Museum

Getting back into Leiston brought back fond memories of our time here last year and when more people arrived early to set up camp it felt like a big family reunion. However we started our two weeks here with a day off:-)

Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo

So back onto the road and visit two of my favorite historical sites from last year – Sutton Hoo and Orford Castle – see posts from June/July last year.

Replica Sutton Hoo helmet
Replica Sutton Hoo helmet

However – this time around the weather was much nicer and I actually got to see the coast from the roof of Orford Castle. Again the membership of the Historic Places Trust in NZ gave me free entry into both properties – one with the National Trust (Sutton Hoo) and the other with English Heritage.

Sutton Hoo mounds
Sutton Hoo mounds

Incidentally – this might not be so easy again from next year onwards as we learned last night from the English Heritage Inspector for this area that they will split English Heritage into two different “entities”  – one will have to see how that pans out.

Orford Castle
Orford Castle

Our actual “digging” did not start until Tuesday but I am a little behind with this blog but if you are interested Dig Ventures have already released the Day 1 Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggRTFOPI-FA

 

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