Gareth Talbot

UHI Archaeology Institute, Orkney

tel: 01856 569 346

Available to talk to the media about

  • Archaeology
  • Heritage management
  • Sustainable event management

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I joined the UHI Archaeology Institute as senior project officer in ORCA (Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology) in January 2023 from Atkins, a multi-disciplinary professional consultancy company, where I provided heritage advice on a range of heritage projects and was seconded to Transport Scotland for two years as their historic environment advisor.

I have worked on large-scale infrastructure projects including HS2; through to the preparation of heritage strategies and conservation management plans for a wide range of historic and modern sites, including World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia.

At ORCA I lead on environmental impact assessment and heritage strategy work, and am starting to learn how to get muddy in the field again.

In addition, I am an experienced sustainable event manager, having led the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to successful certification to ISO 20121: Sustainable Event Management, and was part of the London 2012 Olympics sustainability team. I am also the volunteer sustainability manager for the Orkney 2025 International Island Games (my wife is the Games Director).

In my spare time I love spending time with my young family, cycling, walking and bushcraft. I am one of the leaders of the Orkney Young Archaeologists' Club which is a rewarding experience.

Current research

Orkney Energy Heritage Strategy:

Research groups and interests

  • Post-Cold War heritage
  • Energy heritage

Selected publications

Talbot, G and Bradley, A (2006) 'Characterising Scampton' in Schofield, J et al (2006) 'Re-Mapping the Field: new approaches in conflict archaeology' Weskreuz-Verlag, Berlin/Bonn (