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Blue Willow Heritage Welcomes Natalie Barker PCIfA

Welcome to the Team, Natalie!


Natalie is a professional heritage consultant with experience working on a variety of sites types, each with their own unique heritage issues.



Having gained PCIfA status with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) earlier this year, Natalie has recently moved from Solstice Heritage where she worked as the lead Heritage Consultant, primarily responsible for providing consultancy, fieldwork, and reporting services within the historic environment and archaeological sector. Here, Natalie gained extensive experience, working on all types of projects from non-designated heritage assets to scheduled monuments and the TV series The Great British Dig.


Natalie graduated from the University of Hull in 2021 with a first-class BA (Hons) in History and Archaeology. Her dissertation focused on the prehistoric landscape archaeology of the North York Moors, and gained all three department awards for her dissertation and overall efforts. Prior to completing her undergraduate degree, Natalie accompanied the staff of Solstice Heritage as a work experience student on the excavations for the first series of The Great British Dig whilst also wrestling with her final year of studies. During university, Natalie participated within several university-run excavations, and during the summer accompanied the local Archaeological Society on their annual excavations.


Formerly a competitive swimmer, Natalie still spends most of her spare time at the pool. On the odd occasion she is not swimming, she enjoys hiking, baking and being involved with local community archaeology projects.


The Best Part of My Job…


I enjoy making heritage accessible to the public through our in-depth research and ability to read the history of a place through examination the fabric and phasing of any given heritage asset. This allows us to not only provide expert advice to form successful planning applications, but to also help people discover their own intrigue into their local history.

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