"Hello, I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Community Archaeology Trainee at the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA). I started my role at the beginning of October and have been thoroughly enjoying meeting existing as well as prospective volunteers to date.
"My involvement started taking shape about four years ago when I applied to study a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physical Geography and Archaeology. After graduating from the University of Leicester with my degree I moved to Edinburgh to do Master of Science (MSc) degree in the field of community and outdoor education which has confirmed my interest in community engagement. In 2012 I graduated from the University of Edinburgh where I conducted research into the possibility of using outdoor education and field studies in education for and about natural and cultural heritage. This led me to apply for the Community Archaeology Placement with the LDNPA.
"Why Community Archaeology? Because I know I will have the opportunity to work with a group of enthusiastic, knowledgeable and hardworking volunteers who will (hopefully) benefit as much from working with me as I will from learning from them."