Naomi - Community History Advisor
Tell us a little bit about yourself – Your work background, your interests…
My name is Naomi and I joined the Council a few years ago as a Community History Advisor at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. I have a background in History having studied it at University, as well as a Master’s degree in Landscape, Environment and History. As you might expect I am interested in history, but also love nature and the outdoors and enjoy lots of nerdy activities such as birdwatching and also sewing and knitting.
What's the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
I work within the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives helping the public with their research. It’s the best of both worlds as I get to meet lots of different people and also work with fascinating old documents from 12th century charters to some really unusual things like a Christmas card hand-painted on pierced bone. It’s really rewarding helping someone with their research, whether it’s getting to grips with their family tree, or finding out about the history of their house or village. It might be a little cheesy, but the best bit about my job is the team – it’s really nice group of people and we all support each other.
What is your favourite music for your commute to work?
Radio 2 is the norm but I used to lift-share with a colleague who often listened to Classic FM. I loved being introduced to music I wouldn’t otherwise have heard, and when she left for a new job she made me a CD of some of our favourite pieces – so that is now sometimes the soundtrack!
What is your ideal holiday destination?
Wales might not be top of everyone’s list, but I have so many fond memories of big family holidays to the Gower, so that would always be a winner for me! We would often go to a campsite on the clifftop above a beach - the view from the tent was pretty spectacular, although the trek up and down the cliff to the beach wasn’t always much fun!