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24th April 2015
The work of an archaeological consultant in the private sector will be highlighted in the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 7 May.

Ripon resident Simon McCudden, who has been a professional archaeologist for more than 25 years since graduating from the University of York, will talk about some of the projects he has worked on and the challenges he has faced.

In a varied career, Simon led the team from the Museum of London in 1989 that found the original Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and worked closely with the late Sam Wannamaker. He has been called to assess construction and development-led projects across the UK and has been involved in research projects in Norway and southern India.
He has worked for archaeological companies, construction firms such as AMEC and Balfour Beatty as well as for environmental consultancies. He specialises in working with private sector developers; his experience includes large-scale infrastructure projects such as the A1(M) upgrade between Dishforth and Walshford; London’s Crossrail project, the widening of the A46 between Newark to north of Leicester and the upgrade of the Knaresborough to Bramham Moor National Grid Power line.

Simon is now working as part of the environmental team for Peter Brett Associates, assessing archaeology and heritage on a variety of development sites. His talk to the Civic Society, ' The role of an archaeological consultant' will be illustrated with some examples of his work.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘What do archaeologists do when called in as large developments take place? Simon’s talk will let us into this fascinating world, with plenty of examples of how our past can be discovered. Do come along to the meeting and hear him!’

Everyone is welcome to the talk, which takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 7 May at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. There is a charge of £3.00 for anyone who is not a Ripon Civic Society or Ripon Historical Society member.

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