12 September 2022
Richard Osgood from the MOD
On the 30th of November, 2022 the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery are welcoming Richard Osgood who’ll deliver a talk on his work with Operation Nightingale, advising Philip Pullman and his work so far.
Richard is the co-founder of Operation Nightingale – that’s an initiative that uses archaeological fieldwork to aid recovery of wounded veterans.
‘Operation Nightingale is a military initiative developed to use archaeology as a means of aiding the recovery of service personnel injured in recent conflict, particularly in Afghanistan.
The huge range of sites on Salisbury Plain, many of them remarkably well-preserved within the Ministry of Defence training area, has provided an ideal opportunity for Operation Nightingale to engage in archaeology.
For over two decades Wessex Archaeology has been helping the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and its predecessors protect sites on Salisbury Plain, excavating and recording them where necessary, for example in advance of construction of new hard tracks which allow modern tanks and heavy equipment to be transported across the Plain …’
A bit about Richard
Taken from the article linked to above – an interview with Richard
‘I grew up in a small Wiltshire village, so it was, perhaps, inevitable that archaeology would be an interest. My school used to have these horrific cross-country runs titled ‘fun-runs’ and some of us found a way to take short-cuts across one of the nearby farmer’s fields thus removing a fair portion of this torture. I shouldn’t actually be saying this as my Mum was a teacher at the school!’
To learn more about Richard and what he gets up to follow the link above.
Find him on Twitter: @richardhosgood
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Date(s) - 30/11/2022
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm