Bruce Bennison

Bruce Bennison at Ness of Brodgar, summer 2023.

Bruce is now happily retired, having worked in the cultural sector in Cumbria for over 30 years.

Born in Northumberland, he is a graduate of the University of Leeds, where he studied Archaeology and Geography. He went on to work with a rescue excavation unit in Wales, initially as an excavation assistant,  then becoming their first Education Officer.  He moved on to become Keeper of Archaeology in Shrewsbury Museums and then County Museums Development Officer in Cumbria.  His last role as was as the County Manager of the Cumbria Library Service. He received a Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 2004, enabling him the opportunity to visit Scandinavia and Greenland to look at how their Viking heritage was presented, particularly through imaginative reconstructions of buildings and settlements.

Retirement has brought the opportunity to return to archaeology, both through running heritage tours to sites around the UK, as well as continuing to volunteer on excavations – ranging from the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney to Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, something he intends to keep doing this as long as his aged bones allow!

He lives within the North Pennines National Landscape, only a short (if perhaps energetic) cycle ride from Long Meg.

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