Archaeology has meant many things to me – Archaeological musings in Bahrain circa 1986 (aged 4);
Archaeogical digs in Colchester; Archaeology BA from Southampton 2000; Archaeological reconstruction Scottish Crannog Centre crazy Iron Age Woman 2003; UCL MSc Archaeology and Human Evolution 2005; Archaeological reflection St Kilda 2006; Archaeological Consultancy 2007: Archaeological Administrator 2008-present…as I enjoy day 1,383 in the Institute of Archaeology house I can reflect on my time here, which has flown by (thanks to my tremendous colleagues and the most splendid of students!!!) and my Admin Archaeological work…
A typical day:
8.27am arrive…drink coffee
9am commence work – emails / tours / forms / UCAS / meetings / external meetings / student meetings
11am more coffee under the auspicious gazes of Wheeler, Grimes, Childe and Kenyon in the Staff room…
12pm sometimes desk cover for the reception – lots of waving at people (should a receptionist wave?)
1pm – ham, salad cream and rocket on rye – hearty lunch of archaeological champions
2pm – 5.30pm – forms / liaise / meetings / sort / web / social networking (for work!) etc and so forth.
As far as an admin job goes this particular one rocks – it’s the best of both Archaeological worlds – I still get the chance to dig / attend some lectures / talk to archaeological folk / do some archaeological outreach but I get an office, with a fan, a musical boombox and a computer – less problematic for my tired archaeological knees. I also get to administer the applications of the new generation of Archaeologists.
This year has been our 75th Anniversary – the anniversary of Mortimer’s dream coming to fruition and his wife, Tessa Wheeler, securing the money for the IoA in Regents Park (St John’s Lodge) – super photos from the 1950s onwards.
We have had the following events in the IoA this year:
1 Alumni Party (IoA Director Prof Stephen Shennan’s speech)
…and 1 Massive World Experimental Archaeology Day in Gordon Square – Pics here!
Working at the IoA is a joy – every day is different…and for me it provides the perfect balance of admin and Archaeology – plus it is really close to the British Museum for all the best outings!
So…to plug the IoA once again – you can follow us on Facebook there are pics and news about the workings of an Archaeological Institution (thanks to the Guardian and the student survey – the UKs number one Archaeology Department! Thank you graduands!)
Charlotte Frearson – Undergraduate Programmes Administrator / Museums Placement Organiser / Fieldwork Administrator / Social Networker / Moodler…