Boadicea standing on a horse-drawn chariot addressing a group of men armed with round shields.

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1 Jul 2021


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In the summer of AD 43, the Roman emperor Claudius I ordered the invasion of Britain.

Within a few short years, Roman legions steadily advanced through what was to become the new province of Britannia, founded a colonia (a regional capital) at Colchester, and likely displaced local British populations within the landscape.

However, in AD 60–61, Boudica, queen of the Iceni tribe in East Anglia, led a fierce British revolt against Roman occupation that sent a shockwave to the emperor Nero in Rome and a message of defiance across the empire.

This online panel discussion explores the story, myth and impact of Boudica, with reference to objects from across the Museum's collection and the current exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth (until 24 October).

The speakers include British Museum Curator of British and European Iron Age collections, Julia Farley; acclaimed writer and archaeologist Sam Moorhead; and National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins, Andrew Brown. The discussion will be chaired by broadcaster and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota.

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About the speakers

Julia Farley

Julia Farley is Curator of the British and European Iron Age collections at the British Museum. She was Lead Curator on the exhibition Celts: Art and Identity (2015–2016), organised in partnership with National Museums Scotland, and contributed to and co-edited the associated catalogue. Julia completed her PhD at the University of Leicester in 2012, co-ordinating the scientific analysis of silver objects from the Iron Age shrine at Hallaton in Leicestershire. Prior to joining the British Museum, she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Leicester, researching the circulation of gold and silver in Iron Age and Roman Britain. She is currently working towards publication of the Iron Age site at Snettisham in Norfolk, with Jody Joy from the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Sam Moorhead

Sam Moorhead is National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins at the British Museum. He has excavated in Italy, Albania and the Near East and worked on the pottery at Tel Jezreel that led to the radical reappraisal of Iron Age chronology in Palestine. Moorhead taught archaeology and ancient history before joining the British Museum as Staff Lecturer in Archaeology in 1997. He has written several books, including AD 410, The Year that Shook Rome, The Romans Who Shaped Britain and 31 BC – Antony, Cleopatra and the Fall of Egypt (all with David Stuttard). He was elected to the Society of Antiquaries in 2007 and was voted 'Archaeologist of the Year' by readers of Current Archaeology in 2011. He is the curator of the exhibition Rome: city and empire, currently touring internationally. 

Dr Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins at the British Museum. He studied archaeology at the University of Bristol where his research focused on the Iron Age Mediterranean and the cultural exchanges of the Aegean and Anatolian regions. In 2008, he joined the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) where he recorded tens of thousands of archaeological finds. Since 2016, he has been National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins at the Museum, working on the identification and recording of site and hoard coins. He has recently published 50 Finds of Roman Coinage: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme and The Roman Coins from Exeter and its Hinterland (with Sam Moorhead) and is finishing the catalogue of coins for the Frome Hoard.

Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster, anthropologist and author. She has reported for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service (on shows such The Why Factor, Keep Digging and A Dirty Secret), as well as Channel 4's foreign affairs show Unreported World. Ochota has also presented programmes for Discovery (Time of Xi, Tibet: Life on the Roof of the World), Smithsonian (Mystic Britain, Stonehenge Empire), ITV (Britain's Secret Treasures) and the BBC, and is a regular commentator for Sky News. She's written two archaeology books: Britain's Secret Treasures, in collaboration with the British Museum and ITV, and Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape.

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