Dr Olivia Lelong of Northlight Heritage leads the Digging In team. She oversees the different strands of activity, curates the website, develops funding applications and reports to the funders. She works 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. She is a Director at Northlight Heritage.
Lindsay Farquharson of Northlight Heritage is the Project Officer for Digging In. Lindsay runs the day to day operations of the project. She develops and delivers open days and the learning and education programme. She also develops and manages our internship and volunteer programmes. She develops funding applications and new strands of activity. 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 represents the University of Glasgow on the project and is Professor of Conflict History & Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology. Tony plays a key role in the steering, development and delivery of Digging In and in 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 are vital team members, donating their energy, time, ideas and expertise to Digging In on a regular basis. On open days, they man the trenches in well-researched uniform and kit, helping bring them to life through individual back stories and living history displays. They also run regular work parties to dig experimental trenches and carry out maintenance.
Lorna is Veterans Liaison Officer, coordinating the involvement of former as well as serving members of the Armed Forces in the project as both volunteers and visitors. She leads weekly work parties, which give people opportunities to work as teams on sandbagging, gardening, painting and trench maintenance. Lorna also visits veterans’ welfare centres to talk about the project and guides veteran volunteers’s reseach contributions.