1993

A countrywide recession slowed development and the financial year 1992-3 was described in the Annual Review as "one of the most difficult for the unit...Wessex Archaeology has not only experienced very variable pressures of work but has withstood extremes . . ."
 
 There was serious talk of short-time working and other cost-cutting measures. The range of services offered by WA continued to grow, however. A most visible 'new' aspect of WA was Phil Harding, who was one of the early recruits from our days as Wessex Archaeology Committee. His new role was in the first series of Time Team on Channel 4. Phil had already appeared in one or two television programmes but this was the first series devoted to real archaeology and all its uncertainties, showing the difficulties and delights that go with it.
 
 There were other, more serious new developments too. Dr Julie Gardiner had been appointed as Reports Manager in 1991. Publication had always been in the form either of articles in the appropriate local, period or national journals or as monographs, published through local societies. One of Julie's many tasks was to prepare the first two monographs for a new WA series: Excavations in the Burghfield Area, Berkshire and Excavations in Trowbridge, both of which were published in 1993.
 
 Another first for the company was the introduction of a computer aided design (CAD) system in the drawing office, which was soon integrated with the more traditional skills already there.