Cotswold Archaeology: A Day in the Life of a Heritage Outreach Co-ordinator

My name is Emily Taylor and I am both a Heritage Consultant and part of the outreach committee at Cotswold Archaeology. I thought it would be interesting to provide a short summary demonstrating how I balance my time between consultancy activities and outreach here.

As with most weeks, my programme is hectic, but I enjoy the fast pace and continuously changing character of commercial archaeology. What I love most, is then being able to share our work with the general public through publications, site visits, open days, presentations and social media campaigns etc. I am always exploring different ways to encourage people to get involved and new ways of promoting the work we undertake. I work closely with the project officers, fieldwork managers and so forth within the company to ensure outreach is at the forefront of our work.

A presentation on the Aldi investigations in Andover at Andover Museum

A typical day for me involves, after grabbing a cup of coffee, or possibly two, and responding to emails, organising events, producing publicity information and outreach material, and so forth. My job involves working closely with a range of audiences and their projects, including local societies, the planning sector and schools. It is a good thing I love to chat, even more so if it is about outreach and archaeology. Having only left academic a little less than two years ago, I also provide advice and guidance to those wishing to work within the sector, and spend time with work experience students explaining the glamourous life of commercial archaeology.

Handling artefacts at Hurstbourne Priors May Fair

I have recently been heavily involved with the Festival of Archaeology, and organised an event in partnership with Andover Museum. The event was well attended, and what we found interesting was chatting to those people who came along and digging for treasure with the kids.

A colleague explaining Saxon diet remains during the Festival of Archaeology

What I really enjoy most is putting time aside to developing accessible archaeology within the sector, and exploring new ways of removing barriers within both fieldwork and office environments. Today I have spent time exploring the ways of engaging different audiences with a potential community project in the south-west.

Balancing consultancy and outreach commitments can be tricky, but within the company I am supported by a strong team and it means I get to undertake a range of duties. Undertaking outreach duties allows me to play a part in contributing to our understanding of the past and raising public awareness for the sector.