Trainee Blog – Kate Tyler

I’m now officially halfway into my traineeship with Heritage Lincolnshire and Historic Environment Skills, and I cannot believe how quickly everything is going. Here is an update of some of the things I’ve been getting up to since my introduction blog in May. 

At the beginning of June we had Volunteers Week, celebrating the amazing work out volunteers do to help with our events and sites. During this week, I sat down with three of our volunteers, each from different walks of life and who each have participated in different activities within Heritage Lincolnshire. You can watch the interviews here in our YouTube playlist, or I’m sure you’ll be able to bump into them at one of our sites in the near future. Additionally in June our Lead Volunteer Jackie Goodall stepped down from her role, and discussed the brilliant things she’s done with Heritage Lincolnshire over the last 5 years. She’ll be a massive miss, but she’s assured us she’ll still be about to help out on our sites and at our events. You can watch my interview with her here

In July, we began repair works on Pow Cottage – a beautiful mud and stud cottage in Tattershall which we hope to sympathetically conserve to have as heritage holiday lets. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited the site a number of times to help with some of the renovation process, and even got my hands dirty plastering one of the outside walls. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the whole process takes shape, and hopefully to see the finished cottage before the end of my traineeship. If you want to know more about the ongoing work that we’re doing, you can look at the Pow Cottage page on our website here.

  

@heritagelincolnshireLearning a lot of heritage building skills renovating this beautiful Lincolnshire mud and stud cottage 🔨 ##heritagelincolnshire ##englishheritage ##fyp♬ FEEL THE GROOVE – Queens Road, Fabian Graetz

After my initial introduction to Greyfriars in Lincoln during my first fortnight in my traineeship, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful of a space it is. I’ve been fortunate enough to have re-visited it a couple of times now, with HTL volunteers who are currently doing a graffiti survey of the undercroft. It’s so exciting imagining who made each of the marks, and what their role in the history of the building is. 

Conservation Trainee Katherine and I visited the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre to film a piece about Lincoln  shire traditions and superstitions which will be shown as part of the Boston Townscape Heritage Bytes Festival! which will be held at the end of July. I’m so excited to have this opportunity to put on a hybrid event (both online and physically in Boston) as part of our ongoing project to rejuvenate Boston town centre.

As part of my traineeship, I’ve also been lucky enough to have attended a number of really interesting workshops in heritage skills. Recently, I had a day at Lincoln Castle working with sustainable building techniques, and I also attended a two day course on pre-1919 building conservation, after which I sat and passed the short exam. It’s be brilliant to be able to balance work-life with training to increase my understanding of heritage processes.

Excitingly, I was asked to contribute to the Festival of Archaeology stall that is held at the Collection in Lincoln. The festival runs from the 17th July until the 1st of August, with various talks and events going on throughout – including the stall that I worked on! You can pop by the stall at any time during the festival, read about my work with photogrammetry and 3D scanning, and watch my short film detailing the process. Or, you can scan this QR code to see more information about my traineeship, the artefact I scanned, and to watch the short film if you can’t make it to the festival.

As you can tell, my day-to-day at Heritage Lincolnshire is incredibly varied, and I’m excited to continue with my current projects and see what new projects will be lined up for me in the future!

@heritagelincolnshire3D scan a stoneware flagon with me! 🏺More info on our Twitter 👩‍💻#learnontiktok #history #heritage #photogrammetry #3dmodel #lincolnshire #artefact♬ SUNNY DAY – Matteo Rossanese

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