"Hi I’m Sam and I’m the Community Archaeology Training Placement with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust in Shropshire. I’m local to the area, having grown up in a small village just outside Shrewsbury, and I’m really looking forward to working in this area over the next year. I’ve always been interested in the past and decided to study archaeology at university after participating in my first excavtion in the border village of Chirbury back in 2002. Having completed my degree in History with Archaeology at Bangor University, I spent 12 months working as a commercial archaeologist in Ireland before going on to postgraduate study at Glasgow and finally returning to Bangor to research a PhD on the archaeology of medieval warfare in Wales.
"I am immensley passionate about the heritage of this area, and I’m really excited about the my new post here at Ironbridge. I hope that during my time here as the community archaeology placement I will be able to engage more people with the archaeology and heritage of this area, which is rich in archaeology of all periods but is most well known for its industrial importance as the birth place of industry in the eighteenth century. Hopefully the events that we have planned will encourage more people to partake in archaeological activities with the museum in the future."
You can share Sam's progress by visiting her blog: http://ironbridgecommunityarchaeology.wordpress.com/
And also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamSamcolclough