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About the Blogger

Hello, welcome to my blog. I'm Evelyne Godfrey, an archaeologist. From 2011-2015, I was a member of the civil Parish Council of Uffington. The views expressed here are my own, not necessarily those of the other councillors! I'm a member of the Labour and Co-operative Parties.

Since March 2015, I've been the chairman of Uffington Heritage Watch Ltd (www.heritage-watch.com), a community benefit society (a not-for-profit co-operative company) dedicated to promotion and protection of the historic, natural and built environment. We're historic environment local stakeholders in Uffington. Our membership region extends throughout Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

I set up this blog site in 2012 mainly to co-ordinate efforts to produce a new Neighbourhood Plan for Uffington.

 

Contact email:  comment@uffington-post.com

 

Evelyne Godfrey's Autobiography

In the summer of 2001 I was in Bradford, where I lived for longer in my life so far than anywhere else. I was a PhD student at the time, and was renting a flat in the city centre, a block from the start of Manningham Lane. I witnessed the riots. That day, and the days that followed, form for me one of those razor sharp memory sequences that is forged by traumatic events. All I could say to people afterwards was that if you have ever seen a breakdown of civil order in your own country and community, then you will understand what it was like.... if not, then you won't understand. Reality is nothing like watching things on television. I thought then, that I could either leave Bradford and move somewhere more sensible, back down South, or I could stay and find out how things work, to understand society and government essentially. The riots made me look around for the first time and wonder, "Who is in charge here?", and "How are decisions made, that have an effect on us all, here, in England, in the 21st century?".

 

I had voted Green in past elections, because I assumed their ideas were unobjectionable, and I knew that the party was unelectable. I guess that was out of a British default-tendency, to support the underdog and somehow defy the politicians by casting a wasted vote. I now saw how wrong-headed that was. I decided that I would not just support by voting-for, but actually join and become active in, one of the three major political parties. Over the next few weeks, I actually sat down and read all their manifestos, and did a bit of research into their history. Not to be all preachy about this, but I think every grown-up ought to do the same, especially if they haven't had the benefit of Citizenship lessons at school (as a more recent generation has done). After the riots, I really felt that I could not respect anyone who said "I'm not interested in politics" and then went and voted Conservative because they thought that was the 'normal' thing to do. The Right-wing vote surely depends heavily on this instinctive peer-pressure; no-one wants to be seen to be anything other than normal, or to upset the status quo, even if they are at the bottom of the social pile. I think the unfortunate fact is that, aspire though you may, so long as you continue to re-elect your 'betters', you will most likely remain at the bottom.  

 

I joined the Labour Party in 2002, and eventually the Co-operative Party (and my local Co-operative Society) in 2012. By then I had settled in Oxfordshire, having left Bradford in 2005, but I've said ever since  that Bradford probably never leaves you. I moved for work reasons, after finishing my doctorate, to teach archaeology and conservation at a university in the United States, and then to a research position in archaeological science at Harwell.

I would describe myself as a socialist and a co-operator. My community activism is motivated by a desire to promote social equality and fairness. I'm not a 'career politician' nor am I the Labour Party member who can say "My father was a miner, and his father before him!". My parents were both academics (my father was a professor of History, and my mother an English lecturer). I'm a specialist in archaeological metallurgy & materials science, in particular early ironworking, so oddly enough, I know something about mining.

I was born at the Hôtel-Dieu, Kingston, Ontario, in 1969. In this age of instant electronic communication, it is funny to think that my mother sent a telegram to her parents, saying the baby had arrived. They were living in Hong Kong at the time; my grandfather had some business interests there. As a child, I lived in various places and attended 13 different schools in as many years; none of them had a particular impact on me as far as I'm aware. I was an Air Cadet from 1982-85, which I really enjoyed. I won some awards and a Gliding Scholarship. When I was 19, I was briefly in the Reserves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With my grandfather, in Ontario, 1969.

My older brother is sat on the cannonballs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an Air Cadet, Greenwood Nova Scotia, 1984

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Lab, Bradford, 1999

 

 

 

 

Evelyne Godfrey's Curriculum Vitae

Research interests: Conservation Science, Archaeometallurgy, Radiography

Education: BA Honours in Classics (University of London), Certificate in Chemistry for Museum Conservators (Hammersmith & West London College), PGDip in Medical Physics (University of Surrey), MSc in Archaeological Materials Science (University of Bradford), PhD in Archaeological Materials Science (University of Bradford).

Work: Graduate Intern at the Getty Conservation Institute in the Scientific Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles California (1996-97); Teaching Fellow in Archaeomaterials in the Archaeology Department, University of Sheffield (2000-01). Taught A-level Archaeology and HND level Metallurgy & Materials Science part-time at Bradford College from 2003-04 while running an independent archaeological metals consultancy. From 2005-07 Lecturer in Museum Objects Conservation in the Department of Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. From 2007-09 post-doctoral researcher at ISIS Neutron Facility, Harwell, Oxfordshire carrying out non-destructive neutron and X-ray imaging and chemical & crystallographic analysis of archaeological and museum objects. 2011-2012 Director, Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage. 2011-2015 Trustee, Tom Brown's School Museum, Uffington. From 2015, a director and the chairman of Uffington Heritage Watch.

Professional Memberships: Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists; Institute of Conservation (I'm currently Chair of ICON Archaeology Group); International Council of Museums (ICOM-UK) and ICOM-Conservation Committee. I've been a member of the excecutive committee of ICOM-UK since 2015.

I suppose if I wrote all of those academic qualifications after my name in the pretentious kind of way that some ex-Army officers, for example, are keen on writing out all their decorations, bachelors degree, and titles, it would look like this:

Dr. Evelyne Godfrey, BA (Hons.), PGDip, MSc, PhD, MCIfA

But I'm not that pretentious.