I very much enjoy the variety of work that the Director post covers at the Trust – from developing a ten-year strategy through to collecting money from the donation boxes via issuing grazing licences – and for the last four-and-a-bit years this work has consumed most of my waking hours. However, I do have another burning interest which has been simmering away on the back burner during this time, and that is writing. As a result, I am taking up a part-time place on the UEA’s Biography and Non-fiction MA on this very day, October 1.

We have been fortunate in being able to appoint Natasha Hutcheson as our Co-Director who will cover the two days I’m on the course. Natasha is an archaeologist who brings complementary knowledge, skills and experience to the role, and we’re looking forward to working together in this important year for the Trust. She also likes to write…


Natasha introduces herself below:

My name is Natasha Hutcheson and I have recently been appointed as the Co-Director of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust, working aside Caroline Davison. I have worked in archaeology, museums and heritage for over 20 years. My career in archaeology started in my late teens when I went on my first dig. I followed this up by undertaking a degree in the subject at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and then worked for a number of ‘units’, digging sites across southern England, washing finds and writing reports. I moved to Norfolk in the late 1990s and embarked on a PhD on the Iron Age of this county. This research gave me the luxury of getting to know some of Norfolk’s finest archaeology, and I was lucky enough to undertake an excavation at Snettisham, home to the largest collection of Iron Age gold in the country.

Over the last few years I have worked as a freelance consultant and supported the development and delivery of a range of projects in both museums and archaeology. I worked with DigVentures on developing their digital archaeological recording system for children, have undertaken audits of archaeological collections, the most recent being at Fulham Palace as part of their HLF project, and supported the British Museum develop a collections training programme. In the two years I have spent time working with the Sainsbury Institute for Japanese Arts and Cultures on a series of projects that have explored similarities and differences between the archaeology of our two countries. I’ve also worked with conservation trusts, and recently worked with the RSPB on developing a master plan for a number of its Norfolk sites.

Prior to working freelance, I managed the East of England Museum Development Programme, supporting museums across the region.

As well as working in archaeology, museums and heritage, I spend my free time visiting archaeological sites, and have visited all of the NAT properties. The Trust has a fantastic collection of sites in fabulous locations that represent the diversity of archaeology in this county. I am very excited to work alongside Caroline and continue to develop the Trust over the coming year. 

News in brief

Tuesday October 23 at 10.30am, Norwich: Norfolk Archaeological Trust AGM. This year’s AGM and annual lecture will be a bit different as we will be providing members with the opportunity to contribute to the development of the ten-year business plan which the Council is developing with the support of consultants, Architrave. Architrave is the history and heritage consultancy run by Simon Thurley, previously chief executive of English Heritage, and he will give the annual lecture. This will be followed by a Q&A session and some group discussions on some of the ideas for the future currently being explored. Full details of the meeting will be sent out shortly to all members and associate members but please put this date in your diary and come if you can!

Saturday October 6 ‘Walter Rye (1843-1929): Antiquary Extraordinary’ Christopher Kitching, CBE, FSA, FRHistS (Public Record Office & RCHM, retired). NAHRG lecture. Meetings take place at the UEA (Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre) at 2.30 pm (except in December, when they hold a joint lecture with the NNAS in Norwich Castle) Non-members are welcome to try a couple of meetings before joining (no charge).

Saturday October 27 'Talking Torcs: East Anglia and Beyond' Dr Tess Machling & Roland Williamson NNAS lecture. Lectures begin at 2.15pm at the Town Close Auditorium, Castle Museum, Norwich (unless otherwise stated). Lectures are free to all members; non-members are most welcome and are asked to leave a small donation.