We are pleased to let supporters know that we have secured a work experience opportunity for one of our members. Philip, who participated in our last project in South Yorkshire, on the site of a C12th Priory is studying Archaeology at university. Although he enjoyed his time with us, life has been extremely tough for him over many years. In addition to the valuable field experience, Philip asked if we would be able to help him find some work experience when he returned home to Chester, something he told us was vital in helping him gain his degree.

Always thinking ahead, we had already invited a senior heritage professional from Chester, who he introduce to Philip onsite, and later followed up with to ask if a work experience would be a possibility. Philip has been working as a Volunteer since early July and emailed us to say how much he was enjoying his time, and learning a lot.

The Heritage Manager of Chester Council said: “Alongside a number of volunteers, Philip has been working with the archaeologists from Cheshire West and Cheshire Council on a project to process the finds from the multi-period archaeological excavations in the Grosvenor Park. The help of Philip, and the other volunteers, is invaluable. Philip belongs to a small group of volunteers who change depending on their commitments; they come from all walks of life and range in age from undergraduates to well past retirement. Philip works closely with the other volunteers sharing knowledge and experiences whilst working methodically through the finds processing. The finds date from Roman to Post-Medieval and include animal bone and ceramics so it requires a fair degree of concentration. Philip never loses sight of the task in hand and because of this the archaeological supervisor is confident in giving him a variety of archaeological finds to process. Without the help of volunteers, such as Phil, the project would be much more of a challenge for the professional archaeologists to complete. Phil’s humour and chat is also much appreciated by the group!”

This is what we aim to do. Heritage projects give us time to sit with our participants and try to understand what barriers exist that are preventing them from achieving their goals. Over the last few months we have helped a number of people to develop their careers, secure housing, and find employment. We are very grateful to Chester Council for offering this work experience opportunity for Philip.