Community Archaeology Bursaries Project

The Museum of Liverpool archaeology department has hosted two community archaeology trainees as part of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project since 2011. The Bursaries Project, run by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Skills for the Future programme. The project enables early career archaeologists to work within organisations with a track record of delivering community archaeology projects to learn new professional skills.

Read about some of the projects that our community archaeology trainees have been involved in on the blog.

Sam Rowe

Community Archaeology Trainee 2011-12 

portrait photo of archaeologist Sam Rowe in a historic setting

Sam Rowe graduated in archaeology from the University of York in 2009 and has worked on a variety of archaeological projects across the UK as a volunteer and professional. She became a trainee at the Museum of Liverpool in 2011, as she was keen to learn more about the sector and to enhance her skills in community archaeology. Sam’s main areas of interest include landscape studies, artefact studies, prehistory, post medieval archaeology and cultural heritage.

As a trainee at the Museum of Liverpool, Sam was involved in a variety of different community projects across the Merseyside region, and worked to make archaeology more accessible to the public and amateur archaeologists. Sam is on the council of the Merseyside Archaeological Society.  Since completing the training placement Sam has worked for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and has been appointed project officer for the Rainford’s Roots community archaeology project.

Kerry Massheder

Community Archaeology Trainee 2013-14  

archaeologist with finds from an excavation displayed on a table

Kerry at a Mapping Mondays session at the Museum of Liverpool © Rainford's Roots

Kerry Massheder graduated in archaeology from the University of Liverpool in 2004 and worked on a number of commercial archaeological projects in the UK. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Liverpool researching how the combined investigative approach of archaeology and oral history can better enhance our understanding of the industrial housing experience.

In her time as the community archaeology trainee at the Museum of Liverpool, Kerry has been closely involved in the Rainford’s Roots and Childwall Graveyard Survey projects. Kerry is on the council of the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology and Merseyside Archaeological Society, and is an Assistant Leader of the regional branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club.

As part of her placement Kerry has also applied her research skills to develop the court housing oral histories project, which revealed more personal and detailed stories about the later histories of the courts featured in The People's Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool.