Rosalind Buck

Archaeologist, East Midlands

Rosalind Buck - Archaeologist

Ros is one of our archaeologists working in the Midlands. She works with the region’s properties to help them best manage and care for their archaeological resource.

Aerial view of Mam Tor in the Peak District

I think sometimes archaeologists have to develop a similar skills set to that of a detective. In order to try and understand our site we have to unpick the archaeology in front of us, and this sometimes has to be done through the interpretation of a complex mass of features with very few other clues such as rather sparse historic documentation! Although this process can occasionally be frustrating, in the end it is always rewarding when we are able to tease out fascinating stories about how our ancestors used to live in, work, and navigate the landscape.

My main role as a National Trust archaeologist is to support properties in the East Midlands region and advise them on how best to record, manage and care for their archaeology. I love the variety of my job - one day I might be advising a property on where best to locate new visitor facilities, and another I will be commissioning a historic building survey of a 17th-century garden feature, or trying to piece together the development of the prehistoric landscape in the Peak District.

Another big part of my role is to promote archaeology to our members, and also involve our volunteers with conservation of the historic landscape. In the East Midlands we hold a number of archaeology days and events at various properties throughout the year which always prove popular with our visitors.

I also help manage and co-orientate the Heritage Archaeology Rangers Teams (HART) in our region. This scheme involves groups of volunteers undertaking condition monitoring visits of our archaeology across National Trust land. The data and photographs our volunteers collect are crucial for highlighting any potential damage to the historic features. We can then use this evidence to act and comission any work needed to improve their condition and ensure the archaeology is being effectively managed for the future.

HART Volunteers surveying an archaeological site
Archaeology volunteers surveying a site in the Peak District
HART Volunteers surveying an archaeological site

Recent articles by Ros

Tattershall Castle

Conserving Tattershall’s Tudor Tilt Yard

What was the 'Tilt Yard' at Tattershall Castle previously used for?

Find out more about Tattershall's 'Tilt Yard'
Calke Abbey in the Spring

Calke Abbey’s lost garden rediscovered

Recent examination of detailed landscaping mapping of Calke Abbey has revealed the remains of a ‘lost’ garden.

Discover the archaeology of Calke Abbey
Eastern Moors, Peak District

Finding Shelter on the Eastern Moors

Finding shelter on the moors can be tough. Find out more about how people in the past worked and lived out on the Eastern Moors in the Peak District.

Explore the archaeology of the Peak District
General shot of Hardwick Hall's East Loggia

Archaeological Recording of the East Loggia at Hardwick Hall

Replacing the roof of Hardwick Hall's East Loggia has revealed some interesting discoveries...

Find out more about Hardwick's Loggia
Undertaking ground penerating radar survey at Tattershall Castle

Using radar to reveal hidden archaeology

Archaeology isn't all about digging! Some of our properties in the Midlands have been using scientific techniques and radar to investigate what intriguing archaeology survives underground.

Find out more about how we use radar to identify archaeology
Dawn on the Long Mynd, Shropshire

Neolithic and Early Bronze Age archaeology in the Midlands

The National Trust cares for many unique and historic landscapes across the Midlands, many of which are scattered with the remains of prehistoric occupation.

Explore the Neolithic in the Midlands