In January 2017 I was awarded a PhD by Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), the research arm of Manchester School of Art (Manchester Metropolitan University). I studied miniaturisation, as exemplified by small mass-produced everyday ornamental objects from the recent past.
My research follows on from my being awarded an MA in Historical Archaeology by the University of Leicester in 2010. My dissertation, The Historical Archaeology of Miniatures, examined a neglected area of the material culture of the recent past: miniaturisation and the "life histories" of mass- produced scaled-down objects. My research was subsequently awarded the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Postgraduate Dissertation Prize.
My professional experience includes some 20 years in various forms of writing, editing and marketing and a roughly equal amount of time as a peripatetic field archaeologist, mostly working on rescue excavations, which included supervising and recording sites ranging from Hadrian's Wall to Dover's Roman fort. As my two careers were interwoven, my commercial career complemented my archaeological and academic interests by involving communication, creativity, IT skills, desktop publishing, photography, leadership, enthusiasm, versatility, energy and imagination.
Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), 2017
MA (Distinction), Historical Archaeology
University of Leicester, 2010
Imperial College, University of London, 1970
Skills and experience:
- Writing: I am able to write for all audiences and all media, specialising in presenting complex technical information in a reader-friendly manner that attracts and retains readers.
- Editing: I can turn the raw materials of communication into attractive, meaningful end-products. I have copy- and sub-edited everything from children's books to scientific journals.
- IT: I have significant experience of desktop publishing, web site creation, office programs and image manipulation software.
- Public relations guided tours, open days, lectures, posters, leaflets.
- Intellectual and research: I immerse myself in my professional environment, acquiring and sharing knowledge, best practice and intelligence.
- Organisation: I am a natural, committed leader, able to enthuse and motivate others.
- People: During my career I have interacted and worked successfully across continents with colleagues, clients and contacts from the shop floor to CEOs and top civil servants.
- Archaeological excavation:first class excavation under challenging rescue conditions.
- Archaeological recording: (site plans, feature recording, surveying, finds illustration, photography); whole site and feature recording, pottery/artefact drawings etc.
- Supervision of volunteers and professional colleagues: safe and effective supervision and motivation of large teams of inexperienced and professional excavators.