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A warm welcome from Lewis, Anna and Niamh, the shiny new Trainee Heritage Officers of the HLF funded Skills for the Future programme, originally within RCAHMS and now part of the newly formed Historic Environment Scotland.  Here’s a quick introduction about each of us – we’re so excited to share our year’s journey at Historic Environment Scotland with you all!

Lewis is Edinburgh born and bred – although he did disappear for 4 years to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.  Lewis is happiest whenever he’s outside, whether out cycling, up a hill, in a tent or just in a beer garden with his friends.  He’s most interested in Scottish rural heritage and cultures, explored through an ongoing art project with a friend which you can follow here: https://www.instagram.com/scot.land.project/  He’s most looking forward to beginning work with the Education and Outreach department, hopefully getting involved in some creatively engaging projects with the public, involving social heritage and, if the opportunity arises, gaining experience within a Gaelic heritage setting.

Anna is from Hastings (of 1066 fame), but wishes she was from Ancient Rome (of HBO fame). She studied Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, but since then has been flexing her heritage muscles looking after many an old relic in pubs and restaurants across the city; she is hence very excited to be (officially) returning to the sector through the H.E.S traineeship! Anna is looking forward to broadening her historical knowledge past the ancient and learning from some of the industry’s most qualified practitioners, as well as working within education and outreach, as involving others in heritage and getting them excited about it is one of her greatest pleasures. Also, she’s pretty keen for the Stirling Castle Jousting event! Anna enjoys a life-long love affair with Asterix cartoons, and when not working she enjoys swimming and football, playing music, Scrabble in the pub, visiting historical sites, and a jolly good documentary.

Niamh is originally from Co. Clare on the West Coast of Ireland. If you haven’t heard of it, shame on you! It’s got the beautiful karst landscape of the Burren, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and Father Ted’s House. Niamh moved to Edinburgh just over 5 years ago and in her free time loves exploring the Scottish landscape and travelling in general, and she also has a passion for baking, hiking, and interior design. Niamh studied Heritage Studies at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and graduated in 2014 with an MSc. in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh. She is particularly interested in the Archives and Collections Management portion of the Traineeship but is looking forward to using her experience in Visitor Services – having worked as a Warden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for 4 years – during the Education and Outreach part of the year.

Follow our adventures on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/skills_hes/

on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/SkillsHES?lang=en-gb

and Historic Environment Scotland here: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/