Local Roman artefacts go on display in Croydon

(Published in Croydon Guardian August 2014, for more see ‘Publication Portfolio’)


Ancient Roman artefacts unearthed in Sutton are to be put on display during a new show curated by the Museum of London.

Visitors to the free exhibit will be invited to see, and in some cases handle, local archaeological finds over three days at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. 

The star attractions returning to South London will be a number of Roman items found in Beddington, where a large villa complex with bathhouses and barns was discovered during the 1980s, as well as a number of relics dating back to the Iron Age.

Finds from this area include well-preserved women’s brooches and rings, household items including cooking pots and bowls and a variety of tools.

The Museum of London is also looking for a small group of volunteers from the Croydon and Sutton area to learn about and handle the artefacts over six weeks, before helping to prepare for the exhibition.

Adam Corsini, collections manager at the Museum of London, said: “The archaeological remains from this site are some of the most important to be discovered from the late Roman period.”

We’re looking forward to involving South London’s residents in preserving their local history.”

The exhibit runs from October 24-26 at the Whitgift Centre. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, email acorsini@museumoflondon.org.uk for more information.


Croydon IFF welcomes new entries for this year’s festival

(Published in Croydon Guardian August 2014, for more see ‘Publication Portfolio’)

Croydon International Film Festival welcomes entries for this year’s event


Gabriel Samuels

Entries for this year’s Croydon International Film Festival have been flooding in from budding filmmakers across the borough, with the festival itself due to take place over two nights in October. Continue reading

Driverless Car revolution comes to UK…a fad or the future of motoring?

(Published in Kensington and Chelsea Today, August 2014)


By Gabriel Samuels

Drivers might be glad to learn that the tedium and frustration of languishing in traffic on the Kensington High Street on a Friday evening could soon be a thing of the past.

It was announced last week the use of driverless, automated cars could finally be tested on British roads next year, meaning that before too long you might be able to kick back in the front seat and read a book, instead of having to take constant control of the wheel. Continue reading

Watching TV to unwind makes you feel bad about your life, scientists find

By Gabriel Samuels


(All Kensington and Chelsea Today articles available under ‘Publication Portfolio’)

Sports fan shaking fists yelling at TV in living room

We’ve all been guilty of this at some time or another. After a long, taxing day at the office, there seems like no greater pleasure than to flop down in an armchair and stick on a boxset of that favourite TV show you’ve been dying to know the ending of, or to unwind while having a play on the Xbox or PS3. Continue reading