Dr Olivia Lelong of Northlight Heritage managed Digging In, overseeing the different strands of activity and working closely with the rest of the team to plan and deliver open days, create digital content and develop learning activities. Olivia has a wide range of experience in researching and interpreting heritage and has excavated on the Western Front.
Lindsay Farquharson of Northlight Heritage, the Digging In Project Officer, was responsible for the day to day operations of the project. She developed and delivered open days and the learning and education programme and managed the project’s internship and volunteer programmes. Lindsay has substantial experience in directing heritage projects, including the three-year Bridging Perthshire’s Past on behalf of Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust.
Professor Tony Pollard represented the University of Glasgow on the project. He is Professor of Conflict History & Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology. Tony played a key role in the steering, development and delivery of Digging In and enhancing its public impact. He has directed numerous archaeological projects on the Western Front, including the fieldwork that brought to light the WWI mass graves of Australian troops at Fromelles in France.
Our independent living history experts were vital team members, donating their energy, time, ideas and expertise to Digging In on a regular basis. On open days, they manned the trenches in well-researched uniform and kit, helping bring them to life through individual back stories and living history displays. They also ran regular work parties to dig experimental trenches and carry out maintenance.
Lorna was the Veterans Liaison Officer for Digging In, coordinating the involvement of former and serving members of the Armed Forces in the project as both volunteers and visitors. She led weekly work parties, which gave people opportunities to work as teams on sandbagging, gardening, painting and trench maintenance, and delivered research workshops at veterans’ welfare centres.