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Wanted: An extra 24 hours in a day!

Well, what a couple of months I’ve had. After the Festival of Archaeology finished in July I thought I’d have more time on my hands – how wrong I have been! With volunteer excavations (post to follow soon), watching briefs, Portable Antiquity Scheme training, the Quaker burial ground project (again post will in more detail soon) and volunteer wednesday’s I’ve been so busy I’ve woken up today and realised it’s October and I’m half way through my placement – heck!

I am hoping things will start to settle down a bit now with the onset of autumn and the weather that goes with it, but what a wonderful 6 months I’ve had so far. I’ve been able to meet a variety of people, all of which have a passion for our past, I worked on a real range of projects including excavations, outreach, public events such as walks, talks and the occasional workshop, and working with the wonderful volunteers from Ironbridge, who without them my days would certainly have been a lot duller.

I’m also hoping that the next 6 months will be just as jam packed. We’ve got more talks and workshops planned, hopefully further fieldwork and excavation on a range of sites, and some other interesting projects too. Plus there are all those things I haven’t yet thought of but will no doubt come to fruition once I’ve had time to think.

All I need now is a few more hours in the day so I can finish a PhD thesis as well…no rest for the wicked I suppose…


The Iron Trail guided walk

As part of the Festival of Archaeology 2013 Craig Baker from Severn Gorge Countryside Trust guided us around some of the key iron working related sites here in the Gorge. We started on the wonderful Iron Bridge and explored sites along the Wharfage, Coalbrookdale and Lincoln Hill. The weather was beautiful and I hope all that joined us not only learnt something but enjoyed themselves too. Thanks go to Craig for a fantastic start to the festival here in Ironbridge.

The Iron Trail - Iron lampost at the bottom of the Dale (1897)     The Iron Trail - looking at the Alcove on Lincoln Hill

My Favourite Pictures: The Great Iron Bridge (1779)

Brilliant to see others appreciating the wonder of the Iron Bridge. Its an amazing feat of engineering and a very special part of the heritage of the Severn Gorge and Shropshire.

Francis Pryor - In the Long Run

I’ve been a very keen photographer all my life, starting as a child with a box Brownie, then moving on to a large Ilford, which I can remember taking to the Farnborough Air Show several years running. Later I acquired other cameras, usually 120 or 35mm format, which I sometimes lost on digs, or in pub car parks. It wasn’t until I started working for the Royal Ontario Museum in 1969 that I started to cherish the cameras I was given, starting, in 1970 with a superb Nikon F, with a detachable photomic head (for any camera nerds who might be reading). I loved that camera dearly: it was easy to use and very durable; several times I left it on the Land-Rover wing and drove off – I even got to recognise the sound of it hitting the loose gravel in the excavation car park. On those early digs…

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