I specialise in presenting anthropology, archaeology, social history and outdoor adventure.
Life After: Chernobyl, Animal Planet
A Dirty Secret, BBC Radio 4
Ancient Impossible, H2: History Channel 2
Unreported World, Channel 4
Raised Wild/Feral Children, Discovery Networks
The Truth Behind: King Arthur, Nat Geo
Time Team, Channel 4
My new book - Secret Britain: Uearthing our mysterious past - has just been published! It's a Cornucopia
of our weirdest and most wonderful archaeological sites and artefacts.
They make you feel proud...of these gloriously intriguing isles" Sir Tony Robinson.
My previous book, Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape is a guide to puzzling out some of the features you might spot in
the landscape around you - what are those lumps and bumps in that field?
Is this an ancient burial mound? How old is that church? Is this a
medieval woodland? For countryside wanderers and armchair wonderers, I hope it'll feed your curiousity as a landscape detective!
I'm very proud to be the co-presenter of the Science communication podcast series, This Study Shows, in collaboration with Wiley publishing. Together with my co-host Professor Danielle George, we delve into the world of science and sci comm, bringing you top tips, ideas and debate from across the field. Want to know how to talk to creationists about evolution? How to draw your research as a graphic novel? How to recruit a diverse group of participants into your study? Or give a fantastic 3 min online talk to 6 year olds? We've got you covered. Check out all the episodes - as well as specials on inclusivity and Communicating Covid here.
I've presented radio documentaries for the BBC and the World Service, including on the regular anthropology series, The Why Factor. I'm a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent and Sky News. I also report for ITN Industry News and am proud to be hosting part of the CBI's 2020 conference series, including the Achieveing Net Zero conference and the Diversity and Inclusion conference at the end of November 2020. I write for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, and regularly contribute to adventure and outdoors magazines including Trail, Geographical, Summit and Countryfile Magazine.
Check out my: Telegraph outdoor travel guides
My first book, Britain's Secret Treasures, was written in conjunction with the British Museum and ITV. It reveals
the incredible stories behind 80 archaeological artefacts discovered by members
of the British public. Buy your copy of Britain's Secret Treasures here.
I'm proud to be...
a 'Loo-minary' for Toilet Twinning - twin your loo with a long-drop somewhere in the world
a Hill Walking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council - the mountains are for all
I believe anthropology (the study of people, biologically and socially) can help to challenge the most basic preconceptions we have about ourselves and our own society, shedding new light on what it means to be human, and why we do what we do. Anthropology in your own 'backyard' can be as eye-opening as research further afield!
Royal Geographical Society Microlectures -
Thursday 11th March
7pm - 9pm GMT
Tickets from £4
Join me for this year's prestigious RGS-IBG Microlectures. We'll hear short talks from six adventurers who've made geographical journeys.
This year we travel to Belize, Greenland, the Welsh coast, the River Severn, Chernobyl, the Iron Curtain, Antarctica, a digital archive of South America and an Intensive Care Unit.
Thought-provoking, uplifting, and inspiring in equal measure. And that's just my hosting (ha ha)
Recommended by The Sunday Times, Trail Magazine, The Countryman, Countryfile Magazine, Geographical magazine, Tony Robinson, Steve Backshall, Tom Holland (selected as New Statesman Book of the Year) and Professor Francis Pryor
I absolutely loved making this six-part series exploring how boats have shaped our lives across Britain. It was a journey across the country and into the history of punts, coracles, narrow boats, sailing boats, rowing eights and the Thames sailing barge. I got to grips with these pieces of living history, and met the passionate people keeping the traditions alive.