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HS2 Archaeology & Heritage Lead

What is an HS2 Archaeology and Heritage Lead?

High Speed Two is the largest construction project in the UK, and it will also involve the biggest archaeological investigation that Britain has ever seen. It is a fantastic opportunity to discover what lies in the ground so that we can learn more about our heritage

An HS2 Archaeology and Heritage Lead sets the standards for how the historic environment, including archaeology, is taken into consideration when the railway is being planned and built, while still making sure it’s built on time and on budget.

Typically an archaeologist is someone who studies the development and behaviour of human beings from the past to the present day. They study the remains of past societies, excavating sites and analysing artefacts and other evidence , which helps give us a better understanding of what the world was like for our ancestors all those years ago.

So tell me more about how to be an HS2 Archaeology and Heritage Lead

If you are naturally curious about the past and have a strong interest in history, this could be the career for you.

Good A-levels to study could be a mixture of history, sociology, sciences, maths, information technology, art and design.

Most archaeologists have a degree in the subject, or in a science-related field. Many archaeologists who work in senior positions also have a master’s degree or postgraduate qualification. These qualifications will make you stand out from other applicants and are very valuable in the eyes of an employer.

Becoming an HS2 Archaeology and Heritage Lead: What does it take?

To become an HS2 Archaeology and Heritage Lead, you must have experience in this area of work as well as excellent knowledge of UK archaeology and heritage legislation and planning policy. You might look at beginning your career at university and taking more junior roles to build up your experience.

Communication skills are very important in this role. You need to be able to convince people of the importance of the historic environment and why they should care about it when building the new railway.

You also need to have excellent leadership and management skills to be able to get the best out of your team.

Learning and development courses and training to build your career

Becoming a member of a professional body, such as the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIFA), can help you to get on in this career – they offer conferences, training courses and, of course, networking.

HS2 can also support you as you progress in your career. There are opportunities to attend conferences, seminars, and other events that will help you to build your knowledge and skills. HS2 also offers a mentoring scheme, through which you could benefit from the skills and experiences of more senior members of staff.

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