Boudiccan baubles and bangles


Impact has been providing PR support to the Fenwick (formerly Williams & Griffin) department store in Colchester during its £30 million refurbishment. Excellent coverage has been achieved in local media, but one story about a lady's jewellery collection hit the national headlines and resulted in a slot on BBC TV's regional news programme.

The wealthy Roman woman's jewellery was found during excavations at the department store in Colchester High Street. This remarkable find is thought to be one of the finest of its kind ever discovered in Britain and includes three gold armlets, a silver chain necklace, two silver bracelets, a substantial silver armlet, a small bag of coins and a small jewellery box containing two sets of gold earrings and four gold finger rings.

The Roman treasure was buried in the floor of a house that was subsequently burnt to the ground during the Boudiccan Revolt in AD 61. Its discovery was made during a major archaeological excavation carried out by the Colchester Archaeological Trust. The remarkable find has now been conserved and is on display at the Colchester Castle Museum.

New guide to WW1 for teenagers


Martyn Barr has published a new guide to the First World War, written especially for young people.

The Lost Generation: the Young Person’s Guide to World War I – recounts the story of the Great War, from its origins in a far-flung corner of Europe to its bloody and bitter conclusion. The book has been sponsored by department store group Fenwick Limited, which will be sending a free copy to every secondary school in Kent.

The Lost Generation features 62 pages, including a fold-out cover, and over 70 photographs/illustrations. The softback book provides an overview of the First World War as it progressed, with a series of topical features that help flesh out the story. Fifty pence from the sale of each book will be donated to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The Lost Generation was sponsored by Fenwick Limited to mark Group Trading Director Hugo Fenwick’s term as High Sheriff of Kent 2014. He says: “I was pleased to lend my support to this project to ensure that the current generation recognises the huge sacrifices made by their forebears 100 years ago to secure their freedom. The government has pledged to fund an educational programme to create an enduring legacy and I think this book supports that admirably. Martyn presents a brutally honest account of the First World War, and has pitched it perfectly for a teenage audience. He has managed to achieve this without dumbing down the material in any way, so I’m sure adults will enjoy reading it too.”

Hugo Fenwick’s views are echoed by First World War expert Dr Will Butler, from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Dr Butler says: “This book is a valuable guide for a youth audience, or anyone approaching this subject for the first time. It is richly illustrated, covers a significant amount of detail, and avoids those well trodden myths of the First World War, to provide a concise history on the topic.”

The Lost Generation can be purchased from bookshops, as well as online at, priced £5.99 (free delivery).

National award for stained glass window book


Martyn Barr's book on Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass windows has scooped a major national award.

Paintings in Light, published in association with Canterbury Cathedral, was runner-up in the children’s publication category of the Association for Cultural Enterprises’ 2014 Annual Awards.

The 56-page guide offers a fascinating insight into the history of stained glass and the stunning windows of Canterbury Cathedral. Paintings in Light includes chapters on the history of glass, how stained glass windows are made, the different types of window in the Cathedral and the stories they tell. The book also highlights the work of Canterbury Cathedral’s Stained Glass Window Studio. The book costs £5.99. It is available from the Canterbury Cathedral Shop, with £1 per copy sold going towards the Cathedral’s restoration appeal, or online from with free delivery.

Martyn Barr says: “I was delighted to hear that the book had received the ACE Runner-up Award. What was particularly gratifying was the fact that it was competing against entries from many of the top heritage and cultural organisations across the country, including the national museums, art galleries and gardens and major heritage bodies such as the National Trust and English Heritage.”