Epiacum Heritage is managed by a small team of Directors:
Along with her husband, Elaine owns Castle Nook Farm and has, quite literally lived ‘in the nook of the castle’ for thirty years! Elaine says:
‘Up until six years ago, Epiacum existed as an earthwork monument on our farm, which we used for grazing. Under a strict management agreement with English Heritage, we are responsible for the preservation and management of the site.
Having worked in Primary education for eighteen years and progressing towards a full teaching qualification, I realised the potential for education on my doorstep and began the long process of preparing the site for use as an “Outdoor Classroom” environment.
I have experience in planning and delivering educational activities and believe that learning should be meaningful, creative and enjoyable. The site of Epiacum, and indeed the farm, provides an excellent base for cross curricular learning. I also recognise the potential for increased tourism and economic regeneration in the local area and am keen to set up strong partnership working relationships with other local tourism providers.’
Paul is a graduate of Durham University and has worked as a professional archaeologist, mostly in Northern England, for a quarter of a century. He has directed numerous archaeological projects at a range of sites and landscapes, and has published several books on a variety of archaeological subjects. He is currently employed as Historic Environment Officer with the North Pennines AONB Partnership, where his main recent achievement has been the setting up and management of the Altogether Archaeology pilot project. Altogether Archaeology has more than 400 local volunteers and has completed a range of archaeological projects throughout the North Pennines, including some at Whitley Castle. He also runs a consultancy, ORACLE Heritage Services, dedicated to archaeological research, conservation and interpretation throughout northern England. Paul has a reputation for not liking Romans, but this is largely unfounded. His latest book is entitled Hadrian and his Wall, and he is particularly fond of Epiacum, which he hopes to see developed over the next few years as an iconic site at the heart of the North Pennines, helping to attract local residents and visitors alike to spend time (and money) in Alston.
Paul is an experienced heritage professional, who has worked on a number of projects at home and overseas, including his current work on the reconstruction of an ocean going Viking longship in Norway. He brings a wealth of experience to Epiacum and his extensive knowledge of the local lead mining landscape is of particular value to us.
Martyn’s experience in business and financial management is essential to the effective running of Epiacum Heritage Ltd.