Travel & Archaeology


Speakers & Tour Lecturers

Whether you are travelling with us or not, Hidden History has a growing team of tour lecturers and speakers who are keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for archaeology and travel. They talk regularly to tour groups, societies, colleges and cruises, and their talks can be tailored to specific interests, itineraries or curricula.

We provide talks to any type of organisation, from history societies to sports clubs and professional associations, and we have an expanding geographic scope across England. Our talks can also stimulate interest in private group tours, and are great for pre-tour introductions and get-togethers.

If you would like to book or enquire about an interesting talk or tour for your organisation, please contact us or call on 0121 444 1854.

Our Lecturers


Professor Gary Lock

Gary is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he has taught and researched for many years. He specialises in the Iron Age and is particularly interested in hillforts. He has carried out fieldwork in the UK, Spain and Italy, and co-directed the recent 'Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland' project. He has given many talks to local societies and has encouraged much community involvement in his excavations and post-excavation work. Based in Oxford.


Sally Watson

Sally studied archaeology at both Athens and Bristol Universities. She lived in Greece for some years and has taken part in many excavations, including the Minoan port on Santorini, and underwater excavations off Crete. She is a lively speaker who loves to engage the audience with a sense of fun and good humour. Archaeology is not an exact science and the evidence is often open to interpretation, so she will invite you to explore your own ideas. Based in Bristol.


Dr Christopher Cole

Chris holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of York. He specialises in the study of human remains, and currently works for Wessex Archaeology and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust. As well as leading archaeology tours to Mediterranean destinations, Chris has particularly strong research interests in his home area of Romney Marsh on the south coast of England, where he conducts our ‘Fifth Continent’ tour. He loves to share his passion for the region and for his research and is actively engaged with many local societies and organisations. Based in Kent.


Dr Martin Locker

Martin’s research interests have focused on medieval pilgrimage, culminating in a PhD from University College London and a growing list of publications and lectures. His knowledge of the medieval world is particularly valued on our East Anglia tour, but Martin has over a decade of experience on a range of excavations and projects. His latest research is focusing on the history and culture of the Pyrenees, where he is currently based, and we are looking forward to new opportunities with him here.


Dr Barbara Brayshay

Barbara completed her studies with a doctorate in environmental archaeology from the University of Sheffield. Her research interests now extend across prehistoric Europe and the use of geographical information systems and digital mapping for exploring our past and present worlds. Her work is very community oriented and she enjoys engaging with people to make her research relevant to all. Based in Manchester and London.


Dr Simon Butler

Simon’s career began in field archaeology and academic research, and then expanded into heritage tourism. He is now the director of Hidden History Travel. His talks always convey the enrichment and stimulation of archaeology and travel, drawing on his decades of tour research across Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. He will be happy to help you choose a lecture subject. Based in Birmingham.


Professor Andrew Poulter

Andrew holds a research chair in Late Roman and Early Byzantine archaeology at the University of Birmingham. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, having directed large-scale excavations in Bulgaria for many years. His academic research and tour leading have taken him to many parts of Europe, and he loves to share his prodigious knowledge and experience in lively talks, tours and publications which explore the ancient and early medieval worlds. Based in the Midlands.