Archaeology and Heritage
The archaeology fieldwork aspects are managed by Diarmaid Walshe, who has a wealth of experience in bringing about positive change through archaeology projects, both as a teacher of disengaged young people and a medic in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he worked with serving soldiers who were injured or experiencing other forms of ill health as well as veterans who were suffering from complex and often long-term poor mental health, substance abuse, social exclusion, and unemployment. The project was awarded a special award by the Council for British Archaeology as an example of best practice in community heritage.
Diarmaid works with universities, local heritage groups and landowners to secure fieldwork opportunities for our members. Previous projects include, a Roman Town, various excavations of military aircraft, works with the National Trust, Time Team, the BBC and the History Channel to name but a few. They have involved excavations, surveys and delivery of management plans to ensure artefacts are properly catalogued and preserved for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
Each project involves a planning phase, execution and report writing. On-site, activities include, logistics, catering, surveying, mapping, digging, trowelling, photography, filming, recording, making notes, drawing, cleaning, analysing and preserving finds, cataloguing, displaying artefacts, organising open days, presenting lecturettes, public displays and educational talks, visiting local areas of historic interest and of course the all important return of the site to the owner in good order!
Our projects run for anything between 3 to 10 days. Participants can join us residentially, which is usually camping, or daily, whatever is best for you. It is requested that you join us for the duration of the project, however, if this is not possible please talk to us and we will make every effort to include you.
We try to organise one or two trips to local events or areas of interest and there will be evening activities such as quizzes or talks for those who wish to join in.
Whilst we encourage participants to take part in all activities nobody is ever bullied into doing this they do not wish to do, but we do ask you to get out of your comfort zone and give things a go, all of which will be done in a supportive and safe environment.
Medical support is provided on site and should you have any concerns or are struggling with anything a member of staff will be available at any time of the day or night to assist you. Please ask for a copy of our handbook with our terms of reference for things such as safeguarding, health and safety, welfare etc.
All participants will receive a comprehensive project plan that should answer any questions you may have before attending.
We use local archaeology and heritage projects to build community cohesion by bringing together diverse groups of people under a common vision and mission. Working groups include socially isolated, disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals whose work is overseen by qualified and expert archaeologists and heritage professionals.
We use the archaeological and heritage activities to enhance the employability of our members, showcase their abilities, help them to gain clarity on their personal goals and reintegrate into mainstream society as self-sufficient, motivated, productive and happier individuals.