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, and manages our teams of interns and volunteers. She works closely with Olivia to develop 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.
Dave Clarke is Teacher of History at Stewart’s Melville College by day and a rich mine of knowledge about World War I all of the time. Dave plays a key role in the steering, development and delivery of Digging In, providing expert historical input and guiding the learning programme. As Secretary of Scots in the Great War, he also coordinates the group’s activities at Digging In events.
Scots in the Great War Living History Society 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.
Dr Jennifer Novotny works with Digging In as 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. Jen is also researcher on Glasgow University’s Great War Project, which is led by Professor Tony Pollard and is examining the experiences of the University community in 1914-18.
Ned Suesat-Williams began working with Digging In as Social Media Officer during his MSc in Material Culture & Artefact Studies at the University of Glasgow, went on to a do a work placement with the project and, fortunately for us, continues to volunteer his time and talents. He creates innovative digital content, including filmed interviews, for the Despatches page, helps plan and deliver open days and developed an audience evaluation and public engagement strategy for the project. Ned is currently working with us on funding applications for new strands of activity to reach wider audiences through engagement with the arts at the trenches.