Roman ruins at Walls Castle, Ravenglass copyright Charlie Hedley

Archaeology and Heritage Assistant

Behind the scenes with Holly Beavitt-Pike

Holly Beavitt-Pike

What do you do exactly?

I am responsible for helping provide information and advice on archaeology and the wider historic environment to our staff and members, partners and the public.

My work includes maintaining and enhancing the Historic Environment Record. I provide advice for planning applications. I also advise on other land management issues, especially for archaeological sites within agri-environmental schemes.

I regularly work with the local communities and volunteers to provide opportunities for survey and practical conservation projects.

What's your background?

I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Archaeological Science. As part of my degree I took part in a year’s placement cultural heritage team at the Peak District National Park. This helped me to develop the necessary skills in order begin a career within the heritage sector.

What's so important about the work you do?

The Lake District National Park has a wealth of archaeological remains which are significant at a regional and a national level. Part of my job is making sure that these important monuments continue to be preserved and managed for future generations.

What are the best parts of the job?

Getting out and about and delivering conservation and survey projects. I really enjoyed supervising volunteers as part of the 'Reflections on History' project, during a programme of woodland survey. This focused on the archaeology of woodland on the west side of Windermere. The project recorded the remains of forgotten industries such as charcoal burning, bark peeling and potash burning. 

What are the worst parts of the job?

Getting to grips with all the strategy and policy documents!

What advice would you give to someone who would like to do this kind of job?

A degree within archaeology or closely related subject and a good understanding of British archaeology is essential for any career within the archaeological profession. Get as much relevant practical experience as you can - our Archaeology Volunteers project is a good place to start.