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A day in the life of a Architectural Investigator in the United Kingdom
Courses taken since graduation
Archaeology of Buildings, MA
Where I hope to be in 5 years
I'm currently on a fixed term contact and I'd like to be kept on full time if a job became available, eventually becoming a Senior Investigator.
My advice to students considering work
Undertake as much voluntary work as possible, it might not be paid but it will pay off in the long run.
What I do
Architectural Investigation is part of the Research Depertment and the bulk of our work involves researching and making site visits to properties which we then write up for publication - either as individual reports or as a book. This can involve a lot of time at archives as well as on site investigation, oral histories and comparative studies.
Skills I use and how I developed them
BA and MA, work experience with Oxford Archaeology, Essex County Council and Historic Royal Palaces.
The ability to research and present information to others.
Reading, talking to others and visiting sites.
What I like most
The freedom we have to pursue lines of research.
What I like least
At present the buildings which I'm researching are ones which I would never have assumed I'd have an interest in - but it's part of any job to make your work interesting.
What would I change? I'd have spent more time learning everyone's names in the first few weeks - it sounds silly but I've been there too long to ask people now.
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