Due to the success of our office in Maidstone, in December 2010 we moved to much larger premises offering our full range of archaeological services in Rochester, Kent.
Original article (June 2010):
As the new Regional Manager for Wessex Archaeology based at Maidstone and covering the entire south east region, there is a great deal to learn.
I am getting to know the people at Wessex Archaeology and specifically the team here at Maidstone; they are a talented group. I have been made very welcome and they have been patient while I learn the systems and procedures of a new company. It is a big change from my role at Arup and my work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (High Speed 1), but I am enjoying it immensely. There is a great opportunity to build on all the work that Wessex Archaeology has undertaken over the years in the south east and to really get involved in the life of the archaeological and cultural heritage community here. We recently presented to the Kent County Council (KCC) Heritage Conservation team, introducing the team and the new regional structure of Wessex Archaeology, as well as re-introducing me to KCC in my new role.
In order to ensure that we give the best possible service to clients, curators and the community we are actively seeking feedback from everyone to understand their needs and requirements; there is always something that can be improved.
We are already looking for new offices to provide the facilities we need for the expanding team and for the services we offer together with those we propose to offer soon. It’s a bit like looking for a new house, sometimes you like the location, but it’s too far from the amenities you need, or it’s close to friends but too far from work. Trying to find a combination that suits the office functions like research, management and admin, with fieldwork and post excavation processing, is challenging, but it is a good one to have.
We have recently advertised for more staff to meet the demand for all kinds of fieldwork from watching briefs in North Kent and Thurrock, Essex, to geo-archaeological recording in Ashford and excavations in Cambridgeshire and Sussex.
It looks like being a busy summer.