"Hello my name is Megan and I am the Community Archaeology Training Placement at Archaeological Service WYAS, based in West Yorkshire. I was born and grew up in Leeds and studied at the University of Bradford, therefore my local knowledge and connections will be very useful when it comes to developing community and outreach ventures. Whilst studying at Bradford I undertook a placement year and since I have worked as a site assistant for York Archaeological Trust and Canterbury Archaeological Trust.
"I have wanted to be an archaeologist since I was seven and community archaeology has always appealed to me. Without community archaeology many people, including myself, would not have become archaeologists; more still would not be able to enjoy a pastime that develops skills, friendships, and enriches the knowledge of Britain’s wealth of heritage. Without my university placement year and the opportunity to partake in some excellent community initiatives I would never have gained the skills I needed to be an archaeologist; as a Community Archaeology Trainee Placement I want these opportunities for archaeology to be available to all – after all, community archaeology should be inclusive not exclusive!
"I am now more than a month into my placement with Archaeological Services WYAS and am thoroughly enjoying it. One project I am currently involved with, and enjoying immensely, is teaching an adult education course as part of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) Inclusive Archaeology Education Project in Bradford. I am also in the process of developing and establishing a number of community project county-wide; in particular a project to mark the centenary of the First World War and the effect the war had on Yorkshire. But this is just a taster of what is to come!"
You can find out more about Megan's work with the WEA on the project's blog: http://digability.wordpress.com/hubs/bradford-grange-interlink/