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Robin Bush

Robin Bush

(1943 – 2010)

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Robin Bush

Robin Bush
(1943 – 2010)

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Robin Bush

(1943 – 2010)
About Robin
This is a tribute dedicated to Robin James Edwin Bush. Robin Bush was the resident historian for the first nine series of Channel 4's archaeology series Time Team, appearing in 39 episodes between 1994 to 2003. He also presented eight episodes of Time Team Extra in 1998.
Robin Bush was born in Hayes, Middlesex. His father was originally a schoolmaster and then a training college lecturer in Mathematics. Robin Bush attended Exeter School in Devon between 1950 to 1962, and it was here aged 13 that he first became interested in historical research while studying the school's history. His first two research papers were published by the Devonshire Association before he left school. He won a Trevelyan Scholarship,
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followed by a Stapledon Exhibition and later still a State Scholarship, to read History at Exeter College, Oxford (1962–65), taking his BA in Modern History in 1965 and an MA in 1984. Among his contemporaries at Oxford were the broadcaster Craig Raine, the journalist Tariq Ali, the Marquess of Hartington and the psephologist Professor Ivor Crewe. A keen amateur actor, he also appeared on stage at the Oxford Playhouse with Monty Python actor Terry Jones.
In 1965 he was appointed assistant archivist at Surrey Record Office at Kingston-on-Thames before moving to Somerset Record Office in 1967 where he spent the rest of his working life. From 1970 to 1978 Robin Bush was assistant editor of the Victoria
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History of Somerset, writing much of the content of three of its volumes. Later he returned to the Record Office as Deputy County Archivist until taking early retirement in 1993.
Robin Bush wrote his first book in 1977, and produced volumes on the history of Taunton, Exmouth and Wellington, followed by a series of books on the county of Somerset. He researched emigration from the South West of England to New England between 1620 to 1645, which led to the publication of three further books in Ohio. Robin Bush has made six speaking tours to the United States, during one of which he met President George Bush at the White House. In 1987 he explained Somerset's archives to HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
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From 1984 to 1996 he had a weekly spot on BBC Radio Bristol and then BBC Somerset, on which he told stories of local history and folklore.
Robin Bush became involved with the Time Team programmes through his long friendship with Mick Aston when Aston was Somerset's first county field archaeologist. Aston had previously discussed the idea of devising an archaeological television programme with Tony Robinson, and a pilot episode was set up. Through helping to devise the programme's format with producer Tim Taylor, Robin Bush was invited to take part in the pilot which was shot at Dorchester-on-Thames in October 1992. Although the pilot programme was never screened, the idea was good enough to persuade Channel
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4 to commission a four programme series of Time Team, which was filmed in 1993 and broadcast the following year. Robin Bush also appeared Channel 4's series Joe Public, for which he researched the loss of a hat jewel by Henry VIII. Robin Bush appeared regularly as resident historian on Revealing Secrets (55 episodes) for Multi Media, transmitted on Channel 4 on weekdays from 26 March to 4 July 2001.
As a solo presenter Robin Bush filmed a series of six half-hour programmes entitled The West at War, broadcast in 2005, which examined the impact of war on the South West of England from Roman times to the present day for ITV Westcountry.
Robin Bush lived in Taunton with his wife, Hilary Margaret Marshall,
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whom he married in 1993. By an earlier marriage to the late Iris Maude Reed he had two grown-up children, Catherine and Alexander, and two granddaughters (by Catherine) – Lauren Knight and Esme Knight. He performed regularly in amateur dramas, musicals and grand opera productions throughout West Somerset, and was President of Taunton Operatic Society, 1985–2009. In 1991, 1994 and 1997 he helped to judge the grand finals of the World Public Speaking and Debating Championships.
Robin Bush passed away on 22 June 2010. This is an online memorial created in his memory. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 24th Sep 2010
Amanda
wrote:
God Bless you Robin - it was lovely to meet you some years ago and a pleasure to hear you speak about your love of history and of books. Like others here I have good memories of your contributions to the Time Team forum and feel I made a friend. Remembered with affection.
Remembrance Messages
On 17th Sep 2010
Jane Jinks
wrote:
Saddened to hear of Robin's death. I have good memories of his contributions to the original Time Team Forum and through shared postings feel I made a friend. I shall watch him in the TT repeats and remember.
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Robin Bush

This is a tribute dedicated to Robin James Edwin Bush. Robin Bush was the resident historian for the first nine series of Channel 4's archaeology series Time Team, appearing in 39 episodes between 1994 to 2003. He also presented eight episodes of Time Team Extra in 1998.
Robin Bush was born in Hayes, Middlesex. His father was originally a schoolmaster and then a training college lecturer in Mathematics. Robin Bush attended Exeter School in Devon between 1950 to 1962, and it was here aged 13 that he first became interested in historical research while studying the school's history. His first two research papers were published by the Devonshire Association before he left school. He won a Trevelyan Scholarship,...

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