Lilley Mitchell

Early Start!

I was up at 5:30 this morning so I could get to work and open up in time for some live broadcasts on the BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast show, hosted by Phil Gale. That was not a normal start to my day, but very welcome because it gave me the chance to talk about the Festival of British Archaeology, which begins tomorrow, and in Oxfordshire, we have an all-day event planned at the county museum.
I got to work (the Oxfordshire Museum Resource Centre, where I am the Curator of Archaeology) shortly after 6 and spent about fifteen minutes opening everything up, unlocking, getting the lights and the kettle on, before Lilley Mitchell, the roving reporter for the breakfast show arrived with the radio car so we could broadcast live. Lilley was delightful, and we had great fun looking at a range of stone axes, some anglo-saxon swords and newly acquired treasure items and talking about them on air in 4 seperate slots each lasting about 4 minutes. I have not had any feedback about how it went yet, but Lilley seemed very satisfied, and once we had finished broadcasting we had a cup of tea and a more leisurely look around. I think she enjoyed being dressed up as an anglo-saxon woman by the Education and Outreach team most!