There is growing requirement for researchers to undertake more outreach in the communities in which they work as part of the IMPACT component of their research. This places additional pressure on the researcher's time, abilities and work.
With our range of skills in archaeology, anthropology, education, community development, public involvement in arts and drama, business organisation and tourism, we are able to help researchers extend their positive impact within the communities in which they work.
Patricia founded ArchaeoLink because she believe the communities in which archaeologists dig can obtain more benefits, educationally and economically than is currently the norm. Her specific experience enables her to work with researchers and local communities to build successful partnerships. She has lived in several countries, travelled extensively and also speaks French and Italian fluently. Patricia has been involved in education and tourism throughout her career. She developed her skills of building cultural tourism while teaching English in Bahrain and interacting with archaeologists excavating the ancient Dilmun sites. Using knowledge gained, and with the support of the Government of Bahrain, she set up Bahrain Explored, the first inbound tour operation in the country, showing people traditional Arabic culture and Bahrain's 5000 years of history. Patricia pursued her interests in social and economic development when living in the Caribbean. She became involved in social issues helping young people at risk, resumed teaching and administrated a small school. Later, in France, she taught computer skills to both children and adults. Patricia read Archaeology at the University of Cambridge as a mature student, leading her to establish ArchaeoLink.
"Our primary mandate is to discover the stakeholders' vision and to facilitate achievement of their goals."
Lucy is an archaeologist and landscape historian, with a background in research and fieldwork in the UK and Italy, Adult Education and Archaeological Tourism. She is interested in extending access to archaeology, historic landscapes and museum collections, and works with community groups, writers, artists, musicians and scientists, together with archaeologists, historians and museum staff, to develop creative and thought-provoking ways to reach out to new audiences www.accessarchaeology.co.uk
Lucy brings a range of experience to Archaeolink, having set up and run her own business creating and delivering special interest tours in Britain. She is familiar with Local Government, both as a former city councillor with a special interest in Community Development, and as a primary school governor. Lucy is a founder member and chair of the HLF funded Mill Road History Project in Cambridge, and is affiliated to the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. She is part of the Cambridge Troina Project researching changing cultural landscapes through time in an upland zone in north-east Sicily, with a particular interest in the early and later medieval periods.
Jane Renfrew M.A, PhD,F.S.A,F.S.A.(Scot), palaeoethnobotanist and prehistorian, has taught archaeology in the Universities of Sheffield, Southampton and Cambridge and has just retired after 28 years as Fellow and College Lecturer in Lucy Cavendish College,Cambridge.
She has been on excavations in Greece, Egypt and Iran, and travelled widely round the world visiting archaeological sites.
She has served as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, and as a Syndic of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She has been a school governor, a member of the Cambridgeshire Police Authority and chairman of her local residents association.
Sarah graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA (hons) Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean following this with an MSc Early Hominid Studies. She then worked as a researcher at the university for two years before qualifying as a TEFL teacher.
She taught at the University of Tunis for four years and also worked for the British Council and AMIDEAST. While in Tunisia she travelled the country spending time with the Bedouin, learning much about the culture and history of Tunisia from Tunisian archaeologists as well as from her own travels. She taught in Italy for two years before returning to England where she gained her PGCE at Homerton College. She has since taught in both primary and secondary schools, and was invited to be a lead teacher for science for Norfolk. Her role necessitated visiting schools, supporting teachers while delivering new materials and teaching techniques.
She is currently Head of Lower School Science which entailed writing the Science course for and teaching years 5 to 8 pupils including GCSE and A level students. Last year she completed an Advanced Diploma in Archaeology with ICE focusing her research on Tunisian archaeology.
Liz Monaghan graduated from Cambridge in 2012 with a BA in Education and English as a mature student. She currently works in Learning Support in Higher Education across a wide range of Humanities disciplines. Her background is in primary age Special Education where she has worked in mainstream and special schools.
She is a passionate believer in lifelong learning through the creation of intergenerational learning opportunities outside the classroom. Her many interests provide the foundation for an interdisciplinary (cross-curricular) approach to education with a strong emphasis on experiential learning in real-world contexts.
Graham is Professor of Museum Management and Interpretation at the Nottingham Trent University and a Fellow of the Association for Heritage Interpretation (UK).
He consults widely, with an impressive list of museums and exhibitions being acclaimed for their excellence.
His book, The Engaging Museum, published by Routledge in June 2005, is in its eleventh reprint. A further book, Transforming Museums in the 21st Century was published in 2012 and is in its fourth reprint. His research is now focused on two areas: ‘Museums and Participation’, and the issue of ‘What makes a great city history museum in the 21st century?’
Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco
Paola is a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. She has a Ph.D. in World Cultures/World from the University of California, Merced and a bachelor and master degree in archaeology and a post-graduate specialization in Late Antiquity and Middle Ages from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She has been involved in several international excavations and 3D digital projects (virtual museums and 3D applications in research and education) in France, Italy, Turkey, and China.
Her current research aims at increasing museum visitors experience through the use of technologies and improve our understanding of how people perceive artefacts through different media. This project will clarify the role of 3D technologies in the perception of archaeological artefacts; specifically how 3D technologies help overcome problems encountered if artefacts cannot be touched in a museum and how 3D replicas can be used to help improve visitor experience of authenticity and understanding.
Gemma has been working in the fields of collaborative heritage and museums for over ten years. Her PhD research focused on developing new strategies for the presentation of Egypt – ancient and modern – in European museums, based on consultation with diverse Egyptian communities and European museum visitors and in 2013, Gemma completed a post-doctoral research project which explored the diversity of ‘meanings’ the Theban Necropolis (Egypt) holds for its varied stakeholders.
Gemma's museum work included the curation of an exhibition, 'Re-imagining Egypt'. This brought together artefacts from Egypt's past, from prehistory to the present, with contemporary artworks inspired by these items and made by a contemporary Egyptian artist (Khaled Hafez) and by children from the local community.
Gemma is a freelance community archaeologist and directs the community component of the Humboldt University’s Archaeological Mission to Mograt Island, Sudan. She is also a regular guest lecturer in Museums and Heritage at Master’s and Undergraduate level. She is committed to promoting greater collaboration between local communities, excavation teams, researchers and museums staff. Like all ArchaeoLink Team members, Gemma believes that greater dialogue between different stakeholders in archaeological heritage will enhance both the quality of experience and the quality of knowledge production for all involved.
Having enjoyed two long-term careers in industry, Rain graduated from Cambridge as a mature student with a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences focusing on Archaeological Sciences and Anthropology. Rain's BA thesis explored the links between climate-driven environmental change during the Holocene and the resourcing strategies of early Mesolithic coastal communities in the Adriatic. She has been involved in research excavations in both Croatia and Suffolk, and is committed to promoting a better collaboration between local communities and the research projects being conducted within them. Rain contributes her experience in assessment and impact within industry to ArchaeoLink’s work enabling these stakeholder heritage communities develop, sustain and transmit their heritage to future generations.