From the age of 16 I have worked in a research environment and this is still my passion. After 5 years as a research laboratory technician in the pharmacy and analytical departments of a pharmaceutical company life took a bit of a change of direction and I went on to study Archaeological Sciences at the University of Leicester. The game plan was to become a maritime archaeologist and I learned to dive in 1988. Following graduation I went to St. Andrews University to study for a Masters in Martime Studies (1991-2) before returning to Leicester University to complete my Doctorate investigating the deterioration of archaeological materials in the marine environment (1992- 1996). During this time I obtained my commercial divers license (SCUBA & Surface Supply) and supported myself with the odd commercial diving job. Following my PhD I was a post doctoral researcher at the National Museum of Denmark's Centre for Maritime Archaeology (1996-1998) and following this a full research position (1998-2003). Following the closure of the Centre I was fortunate to get a full time position at the National Museum's Conservation department (2003 - present).