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Alice Forward

Community Archaeology Training Placement with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, April 2013 - April 2014

Alice Forward © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Meet Alice:

"Hello, I’m Alice and I am the Community Archaeology trainee with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

I have recently completed my PhD in archaeology at Cardiff University, conducting research on the ceramic evidence for medieval and early post-medieval economic networks in South Glamorgan. During this time I was involved in a number of community outreach projects led by the University and became increasingly aware of the importance of communicating archaeological research to the communities where work has or is taking place. The traineeship here at National Museum Wales is enabling me to develop skills in creating projects connected with the research carried out here by the curators; connecting the Museum’s collections to the communities where the objects were discovered. In particular I am developing community projects in the Ely Valley in South Wales and the Alun Valley in North East Wales.

Prior to coming to Cardiff I worked for a number of archaeological units, working on sites across England and North Wales. During this time I developed a love for medieval archaeology and in particular ceramics. I was given the opportunity to develop skills in ceramic identification and analysis during my time with the University of Leicester Archaeological Services and here my sherd nerdery was fostered.

I have a love for material culture thanks to my BA at Nottingham and MA in archaeological research at York, and a desire to make archaeology accessible and a shared resource for everyone. The trainee placement here at the Museum provides the perfect balance to these interests."


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