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Kerry Massheder

Community Archaeology Training Placement with National Museums Liverpool, April 2013 - April 2014

Kerry Massheder

Meet Kerry:

"I am the placement holder at National Museums Liverpool within the Liverpool Museum Field Archaeology Unit at Albert Docks.

"I have a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology and an MA in Egyptology both from the University of Liverpool.  I worked as a commercial archaeologist for Headland Archaeology and York Archaeological Trust and spent a number of years as a volunteer for York Archaeological Trust (including taking part in a Time Team dig!).  I am currently a research student at the University of Liverpool investigating how the combined investigative approach of archaeology and oral history can enhance our understanding of the post Industrial Revolution era housing experience.  One aspect of my research is how archaeologists can support communities to take ownership of their heritage.  I am enthusiastic to use my academic background and commercial digging experience to work directly with the community and share my passion for archaeology.

"Until I started my placement my archaeological career highlight was working on the HAPCA (Headland Archaeology and Pre Construct Archaeology) M74 Road Completion Project based on the Dixon’s Blazes Iron Foundry and Lower English Buildings workers housing.  My placement highlight so far has been supporting volunteer archaeologists on a community dig in Rainford as the passion and enthusiasm for archaeology from those involved was fantastic.

"My interests include: Industrial archaeology, community archaeology, oral history and buildings archaeology.  I am a member of the Institute for Archaeologists at grade PIFA, a member of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and a member of the Vernacular Architecture Group.

"My year with National Museums Liverpool will include working with the Merseyside Archaeological Society on a number of community projects including Rainford’s Roots and All Saints Church graveyard survey.  I am in the process of becoming a Branch Assistant for the Mersey and Dee branch of the Young Archaeologists Club and I am planning an oral history project and a buildings recording project."

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