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Author George Demidowicz on Radio 4's Today programme discussing finds at Coventry Cathedral JULY 2015

Interview by John Humphries on recent archaeological discoveries follows review in Telegraph of new book

George Demidowicz was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme this morning (16 July) about recent discoveries in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral, which was bombed during the Second World War.

Conservation works are ongoing to stabilise the old crypt which requires making the floor above it watertight. Before the floor is sealed, for the next two weeks the public will be able to see the archaeological finds. And so, for the first time in 75 years, the original stone floor of the medieval Cathedral can be seen. Interviewer John Humphries was excited to hear of the discoveries, commenting 'What a find!'

The interview will remain online for a month, and can be heard here at about 2 hours 49 minutes into the programme.

George Demidowicz is the lead archaeologist on the works. His new book St Michael's Coventry: The Rise and Fall of the Old Cathedral, co-authored with the stained-glass expert Heather Gilderdale Scott, with an introduction by Jonathan Foyle, is available now. It was recently featured in the Telegraph by Christopher Howse, who noted how 'before the Blitz, the church of St Michael, Coventry, was a wonder. Now it is receiving well-deserved attention.'

Below: St Michael's, Coventry  - credit: ITV News Central

Launch of Waterloo to Wellington JULY 2015

New book celebrating the Duke of Wellington and his educational legacy

Joanna Seldon's book Waterloo to Wellington: From Iron Duke to Enlightened College was launched on 6 July at the East India Club in London. 

This new book celebrates the life and achievements of the Duke of Wellington and the school he inspired. Wellington College was originally intended as a school for ‘the children of deceased officers … in Our Royal Army or in the Army of the East India Company’ so it is particularly appropriate that this book was launched at the East India Club, which shares these military beginnings, having originally been for ‘the servants of the East India Company and Commissioned Officers of Her Majesty's Army and Navy’.
In this beautifully illustrated publication Joanna Seldon tells the compelling story of the Duke, the Battle of Waterloo, the foundation of Wellington College and its early years. 

Launch of souvenir guide to Adare Friary & St Nicholas Church JULY 2015

A souvenir guide to the medieval friary

Published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the foundation of the friary in 1315, this new guidebook was launched by the Prior Provincial of the Irish Province of Augustinians, Father John Hennebry, at St Nicholas Church.  

The evening was a memorable occasion and included an engaging talk by conservation architect David Humphreys about how ancient buildings trigger can trigger emotional responses. Music by a female vocal ensemble singing from their medieval Irish repertoire added to the atmosphere of the occasion. 

In the guidebook, Barbara Bingham tells the story of the foundation of the friary, the monastic life there and the role it played in the local community. Adare has survived largely unscathed and unspoiled and she describes the architecture of the friary buildings, and recounts their more recent history and the renewed sense of purpose they now embody.

The book is available to buy now onsite. 

Image (left to right): Barbara Bingham, author; Father John Hennebry, Prior Provincial of the Irish Province of Augustinians; Rt Rev Kenneth Kearon, bishop of Limerick.