Barry has initiated and been involved with many community archaeology projects over the last 20 years and has made a significant contribution to archaeological research and the involvement of local communities over the last few years. He works tirelessly with volunteer groups, schools, youth groups and local councils to inspire and encourage.
Most recently, Barry has acted as Community Project Manager for the ongoing Cresswell Pele Tower project, which will result in the complete restoration of a Grade II Tower and the removal of it from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register. He has successfully raised HLF Heritage Grants, totalling over £770,000, in order to save the Tower, investigate its archaeology and bring it in to free public access. The project has involved over 300 local schoolchildren and 100 volunteers in a range of fieldwork activities, including the discovery of an earlier medieval building situated below the Tower.
Barry has established a real passion and interest for archaeology among all ages in the local community. He is always keen to enthuse, entertain and encourage people and without him the Tower would be ruinous. Since 2016, he has given over 50 talks and presentations to various audiences about the projects he has been involved in.