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Professor Stephen Rippon

Public engagement

I am the University's lead on the Ipplepen Project that is a partnership between the University of Exeter, Britis Museum, Portable Antiquities Scheme,Cotswold Archaeology, and Devon County Council. The project has places available for local volunteers and for the duration of th excavation has an information centre in Ipplepen village. There is also an Open Day that attracts close to 1,000 visitors.

I have held an Arts and Humanities Research Council Knowledge Transfer Fellowship to work with RSPB and Essex County Council of the development of an extensive new nature reserve on the South Essex Marshes. This has led to further contract research for Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Wessex Archaeology and the Olympic Legacy Company in projects that aims to increase understanding of the history of the countryside on the part of planners, countryside managers and the public. This included writing the Urban Habitat Historic Landscape Character Assessment for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

An unexpected discovery during his investigation of medieval silver mining in the Tamar Valley was a Roman fort at Calstock. This has since become the focus for a community based excavation.

Contribution to discipline

I have served as President of the Medieval Settlement Research Group, chairman of the Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee and CBA South West, Treasurer of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, secretary of the Society for Landscape Studies, and as a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College.



September 2012: interviewed on ITV Westcountry News about Making Sense of an Historic Landscape

January 2008: interviewed on BBC Radio Devon morning news and ITV Westcountry News about the discovery of a Roman fort at Calstock

September 2007: Great British Journeys, BBC2 [discussing John Leland’s travels in  Somerset]

May 2006: How the West Was Made: The Nation Conquered, ITV1 [discussing drainage of the Somerset Levels]

November 2003: Landscape Mysteries (The Terraces of Avalon), BBC 2 [discussing the impact of Glastonbury Abbey on its surrounding landscape]

February 14th 2000: Breaking the Seal: Domesday, BBC2 [discussing the Devon landscape in the 11th century]

July 1999: Fruitful Earth (Seeds of Power), BBC2 [discussing Romano-British landscape and the Gwent Levels]