We were clearly trying too hard to come up with a witty headline but the facts are clear, when it comes to the big infrastructure projects we stand side-by-side with our clients, managing their complex archaeological requirements. Whether it is in the planning or construction stages of projects, we have the skills and experience to handle the scheme specific logistical tests that invariably accompany the more traditional archaeological challenges. The last few years has seen the Milton Keynes team busy working on significant energy, airport, road and rail infrastructure projects across central and eastern England.
During the late summer of 2019, while working on a highway scheme in Hertfordshire, our team topped 50 archaeologists on site. While, by most measures, this has to be acknowledged as a large archaeological project, in this instance the significance was not the scale but the unique circumstance that we had colleagues from all of our five offices working alongside each other. One company; one high standard; one large talent pool to draw from.
But energy and transport projects don’t have the monopoly on scale; we have been working on some seriously large-scale strategic housing schemes too. Several different five-hundred plus trial trenching projects in Northants, Leicestershire, Rugby and Essex have kept our teams occupied. At Rugby, we are nearing our 10th anniversary working together with the client team; with more site work planned for later this Spring.
These longer running, sustainable urban extension projects present a different set of challenges such continuity of personnel, retaining invested-knowledge and keeping the momentum going on post-excavation work and publications; all matters that we are well-versed with. In the next few weeks we are looking forward to returning to Bidwell West, Central Beds; another large-scale strategic housing scheme that we have been working on for several years.
We are delighted to welcome Karen Ann Josephides, People Director at Arsenal Football Club, as a new trustee and non-executive company director of Cotswold Archaeology. Karen Ann says
“The Trustee role at CA is a great opportunity and privilege. I have experience of both working in business and for a Charity. This role provides an ideal avenue for me to contribute to the valuable archaeological and heritage services work, and another way for me to integrate fully into the Cotswolds Community, having purchased a property in Gloucestershire last year.
Despite my lack of recent practice, I have never lost my passion for archaeology. I developed my interest at a very young age. The three years I spent studying archaeology at Durham, were some of the best of my life. I majored on Roman Britain and thoroughly enjoyed my digs at Shiptonthorpe. I analysed a huge amount of wood and drew many artefacts in my spare time for Professor Martin Millett which were published in one of the Shiptonthorpe volumes. Happy days!
I’ve worked in business since leaving university. I’ve always had a strong performance focused work ethic. I am the People Director for Arsenal Football Club and have been with the Premier League Club since 2010. I lead a team of Equality, HR and Safeguarding professionals. The football world within which I operate on a daily basis is extremely demanding and fast paced and it is now the time for me to engage in my personal interests again, which have been very much neglected over recent years. I’m relishing the opportunity to get more involved and help support the fantastic work CA does in supplying heritage services and increasing awareness of the past.
I am also a Trustee for Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, an organisation that through the power of music therapy enriches lives. I have an MSc in Strategic Human Resources Management. I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development and a member of the Governments Disability Confident Business Leaders Group which engages with the business community on disability employment”.
We have recently added two new trustees to our Board.
Professor Christopher Gerrard has held a Chair in Archaeology at Durham University since 2009. He gained a PhD at the University of Bristol in 1987 and joined the newly-formed Cotswold Archaeological Trust (as we were called then) in 1989, going on to become the Senior Archaeological Consultant at Countryside Planning and Management. He left commercial archaeology in 1992 to become a lecturer at the University of Winchester, joining the Archaeology department in Durham in 2000. Chris specialises in later medieval archaeology and has conducted fieldwork in many different parts of Britain and Europe, most notably at Shapwick in Somerset and Clarendon in Wiltshire.
Keith Wade gained a degree in Archaeology from Southampton University in 1973 and joined the Suffolk Archaeological Unit in 1974 to take up the post of Urban Archaeologist. Between 1974 and 1990 he directed 35 excavations in Saxon and medieval Ipswich. In 1991 he became County Archaeologist at Suffolk County Council, a post he held until retirement in 2012. Keith has served as a Trustee with many organisations in Suffolk including the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village Trust and the Sutton Hoo Research Trust. He founded Ipswich Archaeological Trust in 1982 and is still a Trustee and Honorary Secretary.
Cotswold Archaeology and Suffolk Archaeology Merge.
We are pleased to announce that Suffolk Archaeology Community Interest Company has become part of Cotswold Archaeology. This initiative builds on the strong history of collaboration between the two companies in East Anglia over the past few years on projects such as Sizewell Nuclear Power Station and the cable connection to East Anglia One offshore wind farm.
Cotswold Archaeology Chief Executive Neil Holbrook said “I am delighted that Cotswold Archaeology and Suffolk Archaeology have merged operations. We have enjoyed working with Suffolk over the last few years and have the utmost respect for their unrivalled regional archaeological expertise. Suffolk’s core operating area of Suffolk and surrounding counties is a great match with the territory we currently service from our office in Milton Keynes, so the synergies are obvious. Suffolk Archaeology’s current premises in Needham Market near Ipswich will from today trade as the Suffolk office of Cotswold Archaeology, and I am particularly pleased that their Managing Director Dr Rhodri Gardner will remain office head and join Cotswold’s Senior Management Group. Rhod will be a great asset to us, as will his colleagues who between them have decades of first-hand expert knowledge of the archaeology of East Anglia. We are looking forward to harnessing that expertise for the benefit of our clients, and building on their excellent track record of community engagement and outreach”.
Suffolk Archaeology’s Managing Director Rhodri Gardner said “The merger of Suffolk Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology represents an exciting new development for archaeology in East Anglia. For our employees it will offer increased security and the chance to become a vital part of a larger national organisation with a tremendous reputation for high quality fieldwork and research. For our customers it will very much be “business as usual” in the short term, but we also look forward to being able to grow our regional capacity with the increased investment potential the merger offers. We look forward to working with our Cotswold colleagues in the coming years and using our knowledge and experience to strengthen the business as a whole and provide enhanced capability to all our clients and the local archaeological community”.
About Suffolk Archaeology
Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service was created in 1974 with a remit to conserve and record the county’s heritage. It originally carried out research or rescue projects as funding allowed, but from the early 1990s the Field Team developed into a self-financing contracting service for private and public sector clients.
By 2014 the Field Team was the dominant archaeological contractor in Suffolk, with projects ranging from small watching briefs to long-running investigations of extensive multi-period archaeological landscapes. It had also expanded its operating area into the neighbouring counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk. This success led to the County Council’s decision in 2015 to outsource the Field Team as an independent Community Interest Company. Suffolk Archaeology now carries out in the order of 150 projects a year and maintains a staff of around 40. Find out more about Suffolk Archaeology here.
Many of you will already know of our ‘Reports Online’ website, the online library that makes freely available pretty much every CA fieldwork report that we’ve ever produced, with new reports added as they become publically available.
Frequent visitors may also have noticed that the website hadn’t been performing too well recently – due to the increasingly large number of reports hosted it had become rather slow to load. It also had a search form that wasn’t very user friendly and it didn’t work well on mobiles devices, so in 2018 we decided it was time to revamp the website – and we are pleased to announce that the new ‘Reports Online’ website was launched just before Christmas!
The new website is available at the same address (https://reports.cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk/) or via our main CA website. It’s faster, better designed, has an improved keyword search and (we hope!) is far more user friendly, particularly if you are using a mobile device. But don’t just take our word for it – visit the site for yourself and let us know what you think of it. All feedback is gratefully received: we are committed to making our work as widely accessible as possible, so if you discover something isn’t quite right then please do let us know and we can try to fix it, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cotswold Archaeology is a registered educational charity, and as such it is governed by a Board of Trustees who also serve as Non-Executive Company Directors. We now have up a vacancy on our Board and would like to hear from people who are interested in being considered as a Trustee.
We are particularly looking for someone who has experience at a senior level in a trading company, ideally one that operated from multiple locations. A background in property development/construction/land use planning would be ideal, but we are happy to hear from people with backgrounds in other industries.
Applications from women are particularly welcome, as they are currently under represented on our Board. We are also particularly interested in people who live or have worked in the areas served by our Andover, Exeter or Milton Keynes offices.
Trustees typically contribute 4-8 days annually to the affairs of the Trust and involve attendance on between two and five meeting days per annum. Most meetings take place in Kemble, near Cirencester, and occur during the working day. At least one meeting per year takes place at one of our other offices (Andover, Exeter or Milton Keynes). Outside of Board meetings liaison is conducted by email and telephone.
No remuneration is offered for performing the duties of a Trustee, although all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
If you think you might be interested in this opportunity please contact us by email at email@example.com or telephone Liam Coates on 01908 556033, and we will send you further information and details of how to register an expression of interest. The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is 5pm on Thursday 28 February 2019.