Menna Bell

Menna Bell Hello! I’m Menna, I’m 22 years old, I’m originally from Carmarthenshire but I’m currently about to graduate in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology at UCL in London. I’m very excited to return to Wales and to start my CATP at Dyfed Archaeological Trust based in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.

This placement will actually be a bit of homecoming and a very privileged opportunity for me in particular as “home” is actually just outside Llandeilo. I have also volunteered for the Dyfed Archaeological Trust since 2004 and subsequently my first access to archaeology was via the Trust. I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and if nothing else, endure the joys of the Welsh weather in good company and high morale! It was very rewarding! I feel very fortunate to soon become involved in community archaeology as “community archaeologist” (albeit a trainee one at least) in my local community and hope that in this placement I can help enable more access and involvement in our local heritage for others. Dyfed Archaeological Trust has been very successful with their community archaeology endeavours over the years and I am very grateful for this opportunity to work with them on “the other side” this year.

After the placement I hope that I can continue what I have learnt elsewhere if not in Wales , but in the meanwhile I am very much looking forward to what’s to come! Hwyl am nawr! (“Bye for now!”)