Fiona’s interest in archaeology began when she was a little girl, but due to her mother’s old fashioned ideas she never pursued such an “unladylike” profession. After Fiona’s own 6 children grew up and flew the nest, she decided to study her childhood passion and has since become the only archaeologist with a PhD on the River Thames.
Fiona spends much of her time exploring the foreshore but is more interested in people than precious metal, as she is fascinated by what artefacts reveal about the social make-up of a city. Many people consider the Thames to be a river that divides London, but Fiona sees it as the glue that holds everything together.
This film is part of 1000 Londoners Totally Thames season.
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Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? Being somewhat full of cars
- What do you miss when you're away from London? The Thames
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Strand on the Green, W4
- What's your favourite building? Southwark Cathedral
- What's your ideal day out in London? Travelling down the river from Kew to Woolwich, stopping off enroute to see the sights
- What's your ideal night out in London? Dinner at the Bull’s Head, Strand on the Green
- What's your most hated building? Millennium bridge
- What's the best view in London? Looking down from a plane while flying into Heathrow after several months digging in the hot dry and very brown looking Near East
- What's your favourite open space? Dare one say it – the Thames foreshore
- What's your favourite place to hang out? Bankside
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? Going to see Led Zeppelin at the O2
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Just did it! On a Tall Ship on the Thames
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? The Thames path along the South Bank and also Borough Market
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? On a journey from N to W London – normally took about 60mins, this time it took 3hrs.
- What's your personal London landmark? The Thames
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Don’t really have one
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? A toss up between Griff Rhys Jones ‘Greatest Cities of the world – London’ TV, or The house by the Thames by Gillian Tindall book
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? Just after the last Ice Age (Mesolithic period) – am a prehistorian…….
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? King Alfred