Richard Taylor

A qualified teacher, archaeologist and published writer with experience in a variety of archaeological, teaching and educational management roles, Richard is a Trustee of the Kent Archaeological Society, is Editor of the Kent Archaeological Society magazine and undertakes all types of excavation, survey and educational projects for Darnley Archaeological Services.


After studying History at King’s College London and Archaeology at University College London, Richard taught GCSE & A-Level History and P.E. at secondary schools in Kent and later lectured and developed Higher Education Sports courses for the University of Greenwich and BTEC Sports Science courses for Pearson Education. In 2012, he went on to work with Youth Team Academy graduates at professional football clubs.


In 2013 Richard worked as a Community Archaeologist for Kent County Council with a remit to develop a youth-focused heritage education strategy and broaden heritage volunteer participation. After that, he has concentrated on his archaeological career specialising in geophysical surveys and excavations - in collaboration with Kent County Council he excavated and surveyed with the Ebbsfleet Peninsula 2015-17, at Fort Amherst, Chatham 2017-18 and alongside Fred Birkbeck, supervising surveys carried out as part of the 2018-Present and, more recently, worked as a Co-Presenter on a television project for Channel 4.


Given his education background, Richard leads on archaeological and historical school workshops, specialising in Prehistoric, Romans and Vikings. Also, both Richard and Fred have considerable experience delivering fieldwork training to archaeological volunteers and archaeology undergraduates. Richard also has significant experience working with property developers and private home-owners that require archaeological evaluations, watching briefs or desk-based assessments as part of their planning conditions.


Richard’s research interests are broad, including the construction and location of British prehistoric monuments, British prehistoric pottery and modern combat archaeology.


Fred Birkbeck


Fred is an archaeologist specialising in geophysical survey with special interest in the area north of Canterbury. Fred is responsible for communication and volunteer coordination for Darnley community and educational projects and also maintains the web content and technology. Fred also provides training on GIS, geophysical survey, archaeological planning and excavation. Fred is also our GVC trained CAA licensed drone pilot and conducts the flights as well as editing videos, 3 and 2d survey plans and illustrations. Fred has previously worked as an Archaeologist for ASE/UCL before becoming freelance and eventually co-founding Darnley. Fred's main areas of interest lie in landscape archaeology, transition and assimilation of ancient cultures and pre-historic monuments.

Born and raised in Dartford, Fred is a proud Kentish Man, although most of his academic and professional life has been spent outside the county. After going to school in South London Fred embarked on a career in the City of London working for Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan as a Senior Researcher in their Corporate Finance departments for 16 years. Following this, he pursed an ambition to live abroad and moved to Malaga in Andalucia, living there for 10 years, running several marketing operations while continuing to work as a research consultant. Fred adopted a new career in teaching, eventually progressing to Director of Studies. This instilled in him a passion for education and the possibilities that it can lead to.


After returning to the UK, Fred decided to follow his interest in history and culture going back to full-time education as an undergraduate in Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent achieving a first class honours degree. He was also heavily involved in student engagement in both the academic department and the University as a whole as Faculty of Humanities Undergraduate Representative subsequently awarded Life and Honorary Membership of Kent Union in recognition of his contribution to student engagement, welfare and inclusion.

Fred is on the Board of Trustees of the Kent Archaeological Society as well as being their Branding and Communication Manager. He is also on the survey team along with Richard Taylor contributing heavily to the planning of the Lees Court Estate Project and the future strategy of the Society, especially with regard to member engagement and broadening participation. Fred has also contributed to a television project for Channel Four and leads on research projects for the University of Kent training students and planning fieldwork oppportunities.

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