University of Leicester Partnership
We are proud to be working with the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester.
The Chester House Estate and the University of Leicester partnership encompasses research, learning, community engagement and enterprise, working in partnership with local communities, organisations and businesses to co-design and deliver projects that explore and celebrate the rich heritage of the region. The Hub works in partnership with local communities, organisations and businesses to co-design and deliver projects that explore and celebrate the rich heritage of the region.
The University of Leicester team includes staff and students from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History and University of Leicester Archaeological Services.
The School of Archaeology and Ancient History is home to students and academics working across two disciplines and University of Leicester Archaeological Services, an award-winning commercial archaeology unit.
The School is a leading provider of flexible learning, offering a wide range of campus based and distance learning qualifications. It has a long history of high-impact, world-leading discoveries, research and public engagement. Since 2019, the School has conducted archaeological excavations within the suburbs of the small Roman town of Irchester, which lies within the Estate. The Irchester Field School is in partnership with volunteers and staff from the Chester House Estate and the Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre.
University of Leicester Heritage Hub https://le.ac.uk/research/natural-heritage/heritage-hub
School of Archaeology and Ancient History https://le.ac.uk/archaeology
University of Leicester Archaeological Services https://le.ac.uk/ulas
University of Leicester Team
Dr Sarah Scott, Professor of Archaeology, University of Leicester Partnership Lead
Sarah’s research and teaching interests include the history of archaeology and the archaeology of the Roman era in Britain. Her primary passion is for collaborative research and public engagement. She enjoys working collaboratively with a wide range of partner organisations to inspire and empower people of all ages, and from diverse backgrounds, to explore and research the places where they live and to engage in life-enhancing activities through archaeology and heritage. Since 2019, she has worked in partnership with the Chester House Estate team on the excavation of the suburbs of the Roman town and on the development of a wide-ranging programme of activities focused on the archaeology and heritage of the Nene Valley. Sarah worked closely with the team to research and write the interpretation for the Estate.
Find out more about Sarah's work here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/people/academics/scott
Dr Jeremy Taylor, Lecturer in Archaeology
Jeremy’s research interests include the study of rural settlement, society and agriculture in Iron Age and Roman Britain, the role of smaller urban centres (small towns) and more recently the landscape context and interpretation of hoarding practices. His projects have focused not just on the academic debates surrounding these subjects, but also on the role this work has in the management of public engagement in complex historic landscapes, especially in the East Midlands. Jeremy’s expertise includes the development of integrated programmes of training in excavation and field survey for local volunteers in order to enhance capacity among local fieldwork groups and to encourage future engagement with heritage.
Find our more about Jeremy's work here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/people/academics/taylor
We are working with many students working alongside community volunteers on a diverse range of projects, from social media to facilitating public access to archaeological archives.
You can find out more about the Archaeology and Ancient History department at the University of Leicester here.