Heritage Initiatives

British Library Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)

Project director for a series of initiatives funded by the British Library and Arcadia. EAP focuses on the identification and audit of endangered historic materials, and their digital preservation.

EAP 794: Digitising the endangered historic records of Nevis in the Leeward Islands

EAP688: Digitisation of the Deed books in Saint Vincent for the slavery era, 1763-1838 (in collaboration with Brunel University)

EAP596: Safeguarding Anguilla's heritage: a survey of the endangered records of Anguilla (in collaboration with the Anguilla Archaeology and Heritage Society)

EAP 524: Survey of the East India Company and Colonial archives of Jamestown, St Helena (in collaboration with the Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull)

Liverpool International Slavery Museum: Liberty Bound – Slavery and St Helena

Advisor/Designer for the exhibition of the Rupert’s Valley archaeological project at the Museum of Liverpool; the exhibition ran at Liverpool's International Slavery Museum during 2014 and 2015, and has now been transferred to Museum of St Helena where it will remain on permanent display.

See: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/exhibitions/liberty-bound

St Helena Historic Environment Record

Co-director for the project that audited and mapped St Helena’s built and archaeological heritage.

See: http://www.blackfreighter.net/sainther

 Lemon Valley Conservation Management Plan, St Helena

Lemon Valley has been occupied since the 17th century, mostly for defensive purposes. During the 18th and 19th century it was also used as a quarantine zone and hospital – most notably for ‘Liberated Africans’ freed from slave ships by the Royal Navy between 1840 and 1843. The valley preserves a rich heritage, ranging from military remains to burial grounds.

An assessment of the valley was undertaken by Pearson Archaeology Ltd and Blackfreighter Archaeology and Conservation, in collaboration with the St Helena National Trust. This work gathered information on the archaeological remains within the valley and their historical context. It combined desk- and field-based studies, the findings of which fed into a Conservation Management Plan. This document set out the site’s history, its present condition, and makes recommendations for its future restoration and management.

Illegal motor vehicle use of Public Rights of Way

This project was a nation-wide data-gathering exercise on behalf of DEFRA, investigating illegal use of Public Rights of Way by motorbikes, quad bikes and 4x4 vehicles. Impacts are known to be wide ranging, including on heritage assets: the case study undertaken by Andrew Pearson focused on the Quantock Hills AONB, where legal and illegal motor vehicle use took place in a landscape of high archaeological importance.