The Archaeologist’s Wife

Rhi Smith (Museum Studies Programme Director) highlighted this recent article by Sophie Brownson published in the Gwent News on the 31st January 2015.

”The University of South Wales has secured £54,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to perform an opera which aims to teach the community more about local archaeology. The First Campus project, based at USW, is working with National Museum Wales to produce the community opera, entitled The Archaeologist’s Wife. The story focuses on Tessa Wheeler, the archaeologist responsible for the excavation of the Roman amphitheatre in Caerleon in 1926. Tessa was married to Mortimer Wheeler, one of the country’s most famous archaeologists. Mortimer spent very little time in Caerleon as he had just been appointed Keeper of the Museum of London, and so he put Tessa in charge of the field archaeology, where she proved to be a brilliant and innovative archaeologist.’

Opera project Tessa Wheeler

Opera project Tessa Wheeler

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