“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 hspheritage@outlook.com.


17 thoughts on “About

  1. Ronnie

    It does sound like a wonderful job, look forward to more!
    They must have thought your ‘various’ over use was some how appropriate :)

  2. ritaroberts

    Hello, Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment. Your ” About Me ” sounds wonderful. I know the Brecon Beacons well as I used to live in Knighton Powy’s. Have you been to Lyme Regis where its great for fossils. Enjoy your job.

    1. hspheritage Post author

      No problem! The Brecon Beacons is a wonderful place – I’m so lucky to be working here! Yes, been to Lyme Regis a couple of times and have spent many a day searching for fossils on the Isle of Wight… I LOVE it!

      Looking forward to reading your blogs when I get some time!

      Take care

  3. Raj

    Yes looks like a great Job Just think of us behind a computer most of the day only dreaming about working outside! Good luck and keep blogging with some more interesting outdoor stuff!

  4. Ajaytao2010

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  5. Judy

    This does sound wonderful!! I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was young and the appeal of that type of work has never left me. In the 7th grade I was on a dig in Virginia where they had to move a drovers tavern back some 500 ft or so to make way for a road. We found lots of interesting Civil War artifacts and the thing said to be unexpected was that we found Union and Confederate uniform buttons there when there was no record of both armies being at that location. But, it was a drover’s tavern so who knows who did come by. It was great fun!! I have a cousin who participated in many digs in Europe, primarily she did the architectural drawings.
    So best to you on a wonderful and interesting journey to the past, present and future..much to learn.

    1. hspheritage Post author

      It is fantastic though unfortunately generally very poorly paid, but I love it!

      That sounds like a fascinating place to dig! I love how archaeology can shed light on gaps in history.

      I will be posting about my future journeys :)

  6. Jonathan Caswell

    I have Welsh blood on my Dad’s side and an interest in what you are doing…thank you also for following my blog, BY THE MIGHTY MUMFORD. Not too many poems on archaeology lately…hmmm, let me think!!!!! :)

    1. hspheritage Post author

      Yes! Write some archaeology poetry (and I suggest you look up Gruff Rhys’ ‘Court of King Arthur for some rhyme inspiration in that department!).

      Thanks for dropping by :)


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