Member of Council
My keen interest in history and archaeology resulted in me in contacting the Council of British Archaeology (1964) while working in an Australian bank in the City of London. As a result I attended the University of Birmingham, extra mural department, training excavations at Wroxeter (1964 & 1965). Joined the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (still a member) I became an active volunteer, primarily in the City of London and other areas including Southwark and south west London helping to set up the City of London Excavation group which evolved into COLAS – I am still a member of this.
On moving to Kent in 1968 I joined KAS and was one of the founder members of the Maidstone Area Archaeological Group. Subsequently joined Tonbridge Historical Society (THS) and its archaeological group led by Andrew Webster and James Money (both KAS members). I have held the posts of chairman and secretary and now continue to lead the archaeological group. Before its sad demise I represented THS on the Kent History Federation and was as secretary of KHF for three years.
I worked on various excavations both in Kent and Sussex over the past 40 plus years. Supervised the excavation of a medieval site in Sussex which resulted becoming a trustee of the Wealden Iron Research Group –over the period have been secretary, treasurer, chairman and at present treasurer and membership secretary. I excavated on numerous sites in Kent including supervising at Sedgebrook Roman Villa (KAS) and the crypt of St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks (Oxford Archaeology). In parallel I carry out small ‘watching briefs’ at the request of KCC and TMBC.
In 1978 became the secretary and treasurer of the London Archaeologist (the only magazine devoted to the archaeology and history of the London) I held this post until 2007.
I completed the diploma of archaeology (University of Kent) in 1990
Elected to the council of KAS in 1991 and have been membership secretary since 2001 as well as standing on committees including Fieldwork and Finance.
Was instrumental in setting up the South East Group of the Council for British Archaeology in 1993 and am still actively involved with this group. At the request of CBA I assisted in the formation of CBA London as the successor organisation to the Standing Conference on London Archaeology. I represent KAS on this and am also treasurer. I am an honorary member of CBA because of my involvement in the volunteer sector especially in the south-east.
Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in October 2005.
Membership of various other organisations include National Trust, English Heritage, Association of Roman Archaeology and the Royal Institute of Archaeology. I keep in touch with all aspects of archaeology especially in the UK.
Other interests include classical music and was a trustee of Tonbridge Music Club as treasurer and membership administrator for over twenty years. I also enjoy going to exhibitions at museums and art galleries as well as exploring all aspects of London – usually on foot.
Shiela Broomfield F.S.A