About us – Faces behind the project

Dr Hannah Cobb – Founder


Hannah Cobb is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on two areas: interpretive approaches to contemporary archaeological practice, and the Mesolithic and Neolithic of western Scotland. In the former, questions of pedagogy, training, equality and diversity are a central concern, in the latter Hannah’s research examines the intersection between material culture, landscape and identity.

Hannah’s research interests are further developed through the field projects that she co-directs; the multi-period Ardnamurchan Transitions Project, and the Whitworth Park Community Archaeology and History Project, and she is one of the editors of Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork (Springer, 2012). Hannah has also worked for the Higher Education Academy’s Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, where she researched the role of fieldwork in the undergraduate degree and in graduate employability.

Questions of equality, diversity and identity run throughout Hannah’s research, and these themes converge in her role as the Chair of the newly founded Equality and Diversity Special Interest Group for the Chartered Institute for Archaeology. Hannah can be found on Twitter at @ArchaeoCobb.

Cath Poucher


Cath Poucher BA (Hons) MA PCIfA works in the Events and Marketing department as a Tours Coordinator for Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Prior to this, she worked as an Archive Services Officer for Historic England (previously English Heritage) undertaking archival research on behalf of a variety of clients (a job which gave her a new found love of aerial photography and a randomly detailed knowledge of reproduction and copyright legislation). Cath also has experience in volunteer management, marketing at publication companies, and administration. She specialised in Medieval and Church Archaeology in her undergraduate degree, before completing a masters degree in the Archaeology of Buildings, both at The University of York.

Cath specialised in, and is passionate about community engagement and public archaeology and firmly believes in the importance of communicating heritage to a wider archaeology – this eventually becoming her post university specialism. She spends much of her time managing volunteers for a variety of projects (both heritage and non-heritage) having completed courses in Volunteer Management. Cath is a corporate member (Practitioner grade) of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, and is involved in the newly founded Equality and Diversity Special Interest Group, as well as being Secretary for the Buildings Archaeology Group. She is also an avid social media enthusiast and has her own personal blog (www.cdpheritage.co.uk), and a particular twitter enthusiast. She can be found tweeting, amongst other accounts, at @CathPoucher.

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