End of Traineeship Blog – Kate Tyler

In 2021 Kate Tyler joined the Heritage Lincolnshire team as an HES Digital Heritage Trainee. Here Kate tells us about her time with us as her traineeship comes to and end, and all the exciting things she’s been involved with.


I can’t believe my six month traineeship with Heritage Lincolnshire is coming to a close today. It’s been amazing to write this blog, and look back at my past blogs to see how many different projects I’ve helped on, and how many new skills I’ve been fortunate enough to have learned. Since my last entry, I helped Hannah and our business team with the running of the Trade Exhibition, saw the opening of the Old King’s Head, progression of works at Pow Cottage, and made some more tiktoks (my favourite being of one of our amazing knights from the Plantagenet Society who performed at Bolingbroke Back In Time). 

@heritagelincolnshireSaturday Knight Fever ##KnightsOfTiktok ##Plantagenet ##medievaltiktok ##beegees ##acdc♬ ACDC Beegees mashup – Kim Austin

In addition to these projects, I’ve also been working with Historic Environment Skills at some new skills training exercises. Most recently, we had two days of leadwork and slate roofing. I found it incredibly satisfying to be able to create a tiny, fully fitted out roof by the end of those sessions. I really do feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to try my hands at these skills, taught by country-wide specialists. 

We helped to facilitate Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days in September. I went on a great Lincolnshire road trip with our Project Officer Charlotte, which was so much fun. We were able to cover most of Lincolnshire in two days, handing out brochures to businesses and tourist information offices. We also visited several of the Heritage Open Days events when they were in full-flow, my favourite being the St Denis Church in Silk Willoughby where the entryway shows medieval (and later) graffiti. 

@heritagelincolnshireWe got the privilege of visiting St Denis as part of Heritage Open Days in ##Lincolnshire. The graffiti is incredible! ##witchtok ##heritage ##medieval ##graffiti ##ritual♬ A music box inspired by a mysterious witch and magic – MIZUSATO Masaki

It’s so hard to summarise everything that I’ve been up to over the last 6 months into a short blog post, and I absolutely can’t believe how quickly the end of my traineeship has come. I’ve had so many incredible experiences that I would not have had the chance to try if I wasn’t offered this traineeship, working with Heritage Lincolnshire. I’m so thankful that I’ve had such a supportive team around me, especially my manager Hannah, and that I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with a lot of the different teams between HTL and APS. Hopefully I’ll be back in Lincolnshire to visit before long!