New faces at Charnwood Roots

A very warm welcome to Dr Joseph Harley who will be joining the Charnwood Roots team for three months to assist Dr Susan Kilby and the archival research volunteers with their social history research.

Joe has recently completed a thesis on the material lives of the poor 1670-1834 and will be very well placed to assist volunteers with the research into poverty and charity.

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Susan will be leaving the team in August to take up a new two-year, full-time post on a major research project to investigate how medieval place names may help us to tackle one of our most serious environmental challenges: flooding.

This is an exciting and important project and we wish Susan every success in her new role. She has been a tremendous asset to the project and I know that you will miss her as much as I will. She is not going far (the building next door, in fact!), and we can expect to see her at future Roots events.

As well as a new Volunteer Support Manager, we will also be recruiting an intern archaeologist to help with Rothley’s Big Dig and an outreach and education officer. The latter will be working with the project throughout its final year, helping to share our research with the public through the creation of trails, podcasts, exhibitions and events.