“Heritage is not just about sticks and stones. It’s about things making sense to people, part of the accumulated culture of their communities.” – John Yates
I began writing this blog in 2012 in conjunction with my Institute for Archaeologists training placement as a Heritage Officer at the Brecon Beacons National Park. After a year of wonderful work learning about procedures for heritage management within a National Park my placement sadly came to an end at the beginning of October 2013. After a stint working behind the bar at my local hotel I got offered a job working on the Calch project, an investigation into the lime industry of Carmarthenshire run by Dyfed Archaeological Trust with which I was briefly involved during my training placement.
From January 2014 until the end of October I worked on the Calch project as an Outreach Officer coordinating events and archaeological investigations as well as delivering talks and tours of the Black Mountain Quarries on which the Calch project was mainly focussing. Culminating in a grand launch event with the Minister for Culture and Sport John Griffiths and representatives from each of the partners, the project explored the industrial heritage of the Black Mountain whilst involving the community in the proceedings.
From the end of the Calch project I worked for a few weeks as part of Dyfed Archaeological Trust’s field services team, working on an excavation in Ceredigion and on some report writing for previously completed fieldwork projects.
On the 12th January I started my new job as the Outreach, Education and Volunteer Officer for the exciting Middleton: Paradise Regained – Reclaiming a Regency Rarity project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales – a place which has been close to my heart since my first visit when I was 11. The project will run over 5 years and involves tracing the origins of the Middleton estate which has deep roots in the East India Company and Plants for Health. This project is incredibly varied and offers the chance for me to develop many skills; I’m very excited!
As my current work is not quite full time I’m hoping I’ll be able to write some more articles for this blog; I am half way through a slightly tongue-in-cheek article about the first episode of the BBC series Atlantis of which I have become quite the fan. I’ve so much to post!
I hope you’ll stay tuned, and if you have any questions relating to the things I write on this blog, please don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.