Staff

Nigel J. Hetherington, Conservation Manager


       Nigel turned to archaeology somewhat later in life after a successful career in the financial services sector, including stints at such world-famous landmarks as Harrod's and Time Out. It was during his childhood in the English Lake District that Nigel first showed a keen interest in ancient history, partly due to the magnificent sites surrounding his home such as Hadrian's Wall and Castlerigg stone circle. However, showing a tendency for numeracy, Nigel was coaxed into a somewhat more lucrative career path by teachers and family alike. Therefore, when in the year 2000, redundancy was combined with an early mid-life crisis (35), a rise in property prices in London, and a cruise down the Nile, Nigel decided it was time to retrain as an archaeologist.

He then took up study at the Institute of Archaeology at the University College London where he read Egyptian archaeology for his undergraduate degree. During this time, he took many trips to Egypt and what struck him most was the deterioration in the fabric of the sites and monuments and the sheer number of visitors present. Therefore, in the third year of the degree program, he started to look at the future preservation of the sties in Egypt in more detail, more specifically his dissertation focused on the Valley of the Kings.

After successfully completing his degree, Nigel decided to pursue his studies at UCL for the master's program in Cultural Heritage Management. Taking a year out from his study, Nigel began working for the TMP in May 2004 on a conservation and site management plan for the Valley of the Kings, alongside Dr. Weeks. "When Dr. Weeks offered me this job it was a dream come true, an opportunity to practice what I had learned at university and a chance to work in one of the most exciting archaeological sites in the world, with one of the most renowned Egyptologists in the world." After completion of the Masterplan, Nigel hopes to continue with the TMP after he completes his Master's at UCL.

Nigel has found Cairo to be both challenging and exciting and has renovated an apartment in the downtown area, literally above the shop in a colonial-era building. Having spent a complete year in Egypt and having survived a Cairo summer, he now feels he can claim this to be his home, despite a fondness for warm beer and cricket, which drag him back to England regularly.

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