Meet the NAA team

Penny Middleton: Project Manager

Penny will be responsible for the overall running of the project. She runs NAA's Heritage Conservation and Built Heritage team and has over 25 years experience as a historic buildings and landscape surveyor. Penny has an MA in British Archaeology from Reading University, a post-graduate qualification in Architectural History from the University of Oxford and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).

She has a particular interest in industrial archaeology and her projects include Coniston copper mine and Penny Rigg copper mill in the LDNPA, Red Scar and West Stonesdale lead mines in the Yorkshire Dales NP, and Roseberry Ironstone Mine in the North York Moors. In 2015 she was thrilled to receive the Association of Industrial Archaeologists Archaeological Report Award.

Earlier in her career, Penny spent a year as part of the Malheur National Forest archaeology team in Oregon, surveying forest and woodland in advance of lumber harvest. More recently she has completed woodland surveys for the National Trust at Cragside, Allen Banks and Gunby Hall. As such, she is very familiar with the logistical challenges of surveying woodland, and the types of features which may be encountered.

Kate Chapman: Field Team

Kate will lead the field survey team. She has worked as  a field archaeologist, buildings and landscape surveyor for over a decade and has a BSc in Archaeology and an MA in the Archaeology of Buildings, both from the University of York. Kate previously worked for the Centre for Manx Studies on the Isle of Man where part of her remit involved organising, running and teaching on summer fieldschool programmes for students and community volunteers. Kate also has specialist experience in geophysics, and the use of AutoCAD to produce illustrations.

A project officer with NAA, Kate has previously worked at Penny Rigg copper mill and has just finished community survey at Low Bonsor mill at Coniston. She is also a CAD and geophysics whizz.

Clare Henderson: Field Team

Clare will work with Kate and has 15 years experience as both a field archaeologist and heritage curator, having held the post of Senior Archaeologist at Durham County Council for the last  7 years. She has a BA (Hons) in British Archaeology and an MLitt in Industrial Archaeology from Newcastle University. As a field archaeologist Clare has been involved in a wide range of projects across the North of England including landscape survey and building recording. Since a kid she has been a keen mine explorer, and together with her dad has undertaken numerous underground explorations (always appropriately kitted out and as part of an authorised group). Now living in Carlisle, she is also a very keen walker in the local area.  


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