Enrichment Through Archaeology is the brainchild of Dr Catherine Parker Heath. She is ably assisted by her husband Dr Ian Parker Heath. They are experienced archaeologists and educators. here’s the place to find out more about us, our archaeology and teaching backgrounds.
Catherine Parker Heath PhD, MA, MA (Hons), PGCE, QTS.
Catherine established Enrichment Through Archaeology in 2011 in response to requests to provide hands-on experience of archaeology and archaeological material to schools and home educators. Not that it took too much arm twisting though – as it happens, she is actually rather taken with both archaeology and educating, so archaeology workshops for schools seemed the right thing to do!
Since then Enrichment Through Archaeology has continued to grow. From starting out on her own, fellow archaeologist (and husband), Ian, has become increasingly involved, so much so that he now assists with the development and delivery of workshops as well as being responsible for much of the social media side of things.
Together they provide not only archaeology workshops for schools and groups but are also developing CPD courses and workshops for teachers. They lead outreach to schools for archaeological projects. They are just finishing work on a community archaeology project – Peeling Back the Layers where they have been working with landowners, volunteers and 13 local schools.
Catherine also works for Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust developing and delivering educational workshops. Catherine is investigating the possibility of conducting research into how children and young people benefit from taking part in archaeology and archaeological projects, particularly in the long term, and will soon be recruiting willing schools to take part.
That’s now, but how did she arrive at this point?
Well, after a first class degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of St Andrews and a brief spell volunteering at Manchester Museum, she completed a MA and then a PhD in Greek Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. Her studies and doctoral research is based on fieldwork experience in excavation, field and building survey. Her work has been on sites dating from the Neolithic to the Medieval periods and in a variety of places ranging from England and Scotland to Greece, Israel and Palestine.
With a long-standing desire to teach, alongside her doctoral research she taught Archaeology as an Adult Education Tutor in Birmingham. After moving to the peak District she continued to teach archaeology. She has taught archaeology to both A-level and Adult Education classes in the High Peak. Catherine is now teaching OCR A-level Classics: Ancient History.
Catherine and Ian developed and managed an archaeological tours business based in the Peak District. As part of this Catherine visited many local primary schools,often with her box of Roman pottery. The contact with schools during this time appealed to her desire to engage with and concentrate on teaching younger children. After starting her own family she discovered a gap in the market which matched her desire to engage with and concentrate on teaching younger children. This path led to a PGCE in Primary Education and Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Cumbria.
Enrichment Through Archaeology is, then, very much a natural progression, and a venture that enables Catherine to use her skills and experience both as an archaeologist and as a teacher. It is the best way to fulfill her desire to engage others in archaeology. Archaeology is a great teaching resource with potential for teaching and learning across traditional subject boundaries.
Catherine leads all workshops, events and courses. The learning experience is key and to maintain standards the student numbers are monitored. When the number of participants exceeds 40 students Catherine brings along another experienced archaeologist. This ensures the quality of the workshop experience is not compromised.
Ian Parker Heath PhD, MSc, BA, CTLLS.
Ian is on hand to help deliver workshops. With experience of supervising and directing excavations, alongside many teaching roles, he is perfect for the job! He also acts as a consultant to Enrichment Through Archaeology. Increasingly, he has become involved in the development of workshops and overseeing the social media side of things.
Here is a bit more about his archaeology experiences…
Ian graduated from the University of Southampton in 1999 with a degree in Archaeology. During this time, he gained further valuable experience in archaeology fieldwork. He worked on a number of excavations of Neolithic sites in the Southwest of Scotland directed by Professor Julian Thomas. These included the cursus monuments at Holm and Holywood in Dumfries & Galloway.
Subsequent to his undergraduate degree, Ian undertook a PhD at the University of Manchester. His supervisor was Dr Tim Insoll and Ian was awarded funding by the Arts & Humanities Research Board. Following a long standing interest, the subject of this research was ‘The Representation of Islam in British Museums’. Ian was a team member of the Medieval & Ottoman Survey, a long-term project supported by the British Academy. This project recorded buildings such as houses, mosques and markets in the West Bank.
Ian has also continued to work on Neolithic sites. Between 1999-2002 he worked on the Dunragit Project. This excavation was of a substantial palisaded and pit defined cursus monument near Stranraer. Between 2004 and 2009 he was a supervisor on the Stonehenge Riverside Project, working with Prof Julian Thomas on a number of sites within the Stonehenge landscape. After this he worked a 3 years further years with Prof Thomas on sites in Herefordshire. Ian started teaching archaeology as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Manchester University.
What else has he been doing?
Since completing his PhD he’s been a course leader at the University of Derby College Buxton and visiting lecturer to the University of Chester. He is now a visiting lecturer at Kingston University for the Museum and Galleries Master’s course. Ian published an edited version of his PhD with Archaeopress in 2007. He presents conference papers, including the British Association for Islamic Studies conference in Edinburgh in 2014 and the ‘Everyday Muslim’ seminar at the Bishopsgate Institute in London in 2015. He has also had a chapter published in German, despite being unable to speak the language – thank goodness for translators eh?! He’s currently working on a couple of papers for publication this spring and summer.
As a result of his experience, Ian has a wide-ranging knowledge of the archaeology of the Peak District. He currently co-directs the Arbor Low Environs Project, a project is exploring the landscape of an ancient monument. Local schools are closely involved and have taken part in archaeology fieldwork there. Find out all about it by clicking on the link.