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Heather graduated from Queens in 2009 with BA Hon’s in Archaeology. She worked in commercial archaeology before commencing her doctoral studies in 2012. Her research comprised the historical archaeological landscape analysis of Ireland’s First World War training camps; thesis, entitled: Training Kitchener’s New Army, 1914-18: An Archaeological Perspective on the Irish Experience. This study considered the Nature of British military training in Ireland during the First World War (1914-1918) through the evaluation of methods employed in the training of Ireland’s volunteer recruits. This critical examination led to the identification of previously unrecognised archaeological remains throughout Ireland, illustrating how these relic landscapes represent a wealth of unstudied and largely unknown Irish First World War heritage, presenting significant new evidence that challenged the existing historical narrative on the training of the new Irish Divisions. As part of these studies Heather directed/co-directed several projects including:
During her doctoral studies Heather also worked as Project Officer for Material Cultures and Landscapes for QUB WW1 Engagement Centre. An AHRC funded project working directly with community groups across the UK to develop new FWW projects, and/or undertake existing ones using her expertise in WW1 landscapes, field archaeology, digital landscape analysis and historic research.
Since completing her PhD Heather has worked on several research projects, including:
Public Outreach and Community Engagement
Heather is passionate about public outreach and the positive role heritage, material culture and archaeology can have on people and places. Community and public outreach accounted for a significant part of her work during her doctoral studies. The projects were undertaken at different times throughout the course of her study and were often in collaboration with groups such as the HLF, the HED Defence Heritage Project, the Ministry of Defence and the Irish Defence Forces, Department for Defence. The aims of the projects were to engage members of the public with their local heritage. Heather was responsible for coordinating volunteer groups and school visits (primary, secondary and special needs), an integral part of these community excavations and engagement events. To do this successfully she liaised with representatives from other stakeholders to coordinate interactive group visits to the sites and events.
An important element of her work as a Project Officer with the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre included functioning as a Facilitator alongside the Council for British Archaeology, designing and delivering interactive workshops to local community groups and schools across the UK.
Heather currently sits on the Defence Heritage Advisory Board for Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Landscape Partnership Scheme. She is also assistant leader with the Belfast Branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club and Education Officer for the Belfast Branch of the Western Front Association.
Montgomery, H (forthcoming 2020) Training Kitchener’s New Army, 1914-18: An Archaeological Perspective on the Irish Experience
Montgomery, H. A. & McNeary R. W. A. (2016) “Airborne Laser Scanning and the Archaeological Interpretation of Ireland’s First World War”, in Conflict Landscapes and Archaeology from Above, (eds) Stichelbaut, B. & Cowley, D, Ashgate Publishing.
Submissions relating to Ireland, in The Home Front in Britain 1914-18: An Archaeological Handbook (2015). The Council for British Archaeology Handbook No.22. (eds), Appleby, C., Cocroft, W. & Schofield, J.
Callaghan, S. Shine, D. & Montgomery, H (2019): Great War Training Trenches at Birr Barracks, a Rehearsal Ground for Kitchener’s New Army. Offaly Heritage, Journal of the Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, 2019.
Montgomery, H. & Logue, P (2017): Operation Skylark-Finn01: Observing the Sons of Ulster as they marched towards the Somme. Archaeological excavations of relic trench features at Ballykinlar Military Training Estate, County Down, Northern Ireland April 2016; in ‘Sanctuary’, Ministry of Defence Sustainability Magazine. Issue No. 45. 2016
Montgomery, H. (2014): WWI Trenches Ballykinler, DIO SD Training NI: Identification of relic trench features at Ballykinlar Military Training Estate, County Down, Northern Ireland March 2014; in ‘Sanctuary’, Ministry of Defence Sustainability Magazine. Issue No. 43. 2014
Montgomery, H (2019): Excavations at Ballykinler Training Estate, County Down, 2016 Data Structure Report: No. 121
Gormley, S. & Montgomery H (2019): Programme of Works for excavation at Ballykinler Military Training Estate, County Down; March 2019.
Gormley, S. & Montgomery H (2019): Investigation of an Enigmatic Earthwork at Ballykinler. Sanctuary Magazine: Issue No. 48, 2019.
Gormley, S. & Montgomery H (2019): Ballykinler, Co. Down, 2019 Data Structure Report: No. 129
Montgomery, H. (2016): Programme of Works for excavations at Ballykinler Military Training Estate, County Down; March 2016.
Montgomery, H. (2016): Programme of Works for excavations at Ballykinler Military Training Estate, County Down; August/September 2016.
Montgomery, H, & Logue, P. (2016): Summary Account of Evaluation Excavation at Ballykinlar Military Training Estate, Co. Down, April 2016.
Ó Baoill, R. & Montgomery, H. (2015): Excavations at Grey Point Fort, Co. Down. The CAF DSR 108.
Montgomery, H. & Ó Baoill, R. (2014): Grey Point Fort Research Design: Programme of Works for Excavations at Grey Point Fort Coast Battery, Helen’s Bay Co. Down.
Gordon, L. & Montgomery, H. (2015): Grey Point Fort Survey Report No.51., Ulster Archaeological Society Survey Group, in association with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
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