I joined the National Trust as a Regional Archaeologist in 2012, leading community archaeology projects and providing archaeological advice to our properties across Sussex and the South Downs. I’m also the National Trust’s specialist for Remote Sensing, looking at things like airborne and terrestrial laser scanning. At Clandon I oversee a team of archaeologists undertaking the salvage work within the building, retrieving items from the collection and also uncovering clues about the history of the building itself.
To my great regret I’d never visited Clandon before the fire, and like so many people I watched the reports of the fire with shock and sadness. I’ve joined this complex project part way through and, without having previously known the building, it’s been a daunting task but a challenge I was really keen to take on.