School Work Experience at the IoA

9 June 2011

Louis Winterbourne undertaking a work placement at the Institute

The Institute of Archaeology has reinstated its programme of offering a small number of work experience placements each semester and the first of these has recently been completed.

Louis Winterbourne, from Birchwood High School, and an archaeological enthusiast, contacted the Institute directly for a placement and joined staff and students for 4 days work experience in May.

In her time at the Institute Louis worked with Collections Manager, Ian Carroll to research a necklace from the Royal Burial site at Ur (modern day Iraq). Katie Meheux from the Institute of Archaeology Library instructed Louis on archaeological research skills and Stuart Laidlaw worked with Louis in the Photographic Laboratory recording the necklace. By the end of her placement Louis had written a short research essay about the artefact she had studied and also visited the British Museum to see comparative material from the Royal Burials.

Necklace from Ur (Photo: Louis Winterbourne)

Institute staff and students thoroughly enjoyed working with Louis, who was extremely hard working and a great asset to her school, and look forward to taking on more work experience students in the future.

For more details on possible work experience at the Institute, please contact Charlotte Frearson. Further information on the type of projects available will follow shortly on the Institute website.