Sue Davies

Head of Cultural Heritage Department

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Born: Wales, United Kingdom, 1954
Educated: United Kingdom
Alma mater: University of Southampton
Position: Head of Cultural Heritage Department
Research Interests: The contribution of cultural heritage to wider social issues, sustainable use of the historic environment, development of standards and methodologies.

Sue Davies, OBE, HonMIfA, FSA is the Museum’s Cultural Heritage Manager. Her role is principally the implementation of the management plan for Gibraltar’s World Heritage Site, the Gorham's Cave Complex and she also leads the Museum’s Cultural Heritage Team.

By training Sue is an archaeologist with experience in the United Kingdom and abroad over forty years. Before joining the Museum team, Sue was a cultural heritage consultant working largely on projects related to world heritage.  For the preceding nine years she was Chief Executive of Wessex Archaeology.

Sue has a strong commitment to public involvement in archaeology. She has a particular interest in promoting the contribution of cultural heritage to wider social issues, such as the attainment of UNESCO’s wider goals – sustainable development, universal primary education, the relief of poverty – through the use of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. 

Sue is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (HonMIfA) and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA). Sue was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List.


Selected Publications and Reports

Overall editorial responsibility for Policy Briefs prepared by various authors on behalf of the UK National Commission for UNESCO for the Department for International Development and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport:

  • 2014      The value to the UK of ratifying the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, UKNC Policy Brief number tbc.
  • 2013      Enhancing and harmonising the strategic management of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador Programme, UKNC Policy Brief 11
  • 2012      The value to the UK of ratifying the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two protocols of 1954 and 1999, UKNC Policy Brief 2
  • 2012      Using remote technologies.  Lessons learned from the Remote Access to World Heritage Sites – St Kilda to Uluru, UKNC Policy Brief 4
  • 2011       Davies, S M and Young, C J, The United Kingdom’s World Heritage: Review of the Tentative List of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (independent panel report to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
  • 2010       Guidance on the Heritage Impact Assessment of Cultural World Heritage Sites, ICOMOS
  • 2008       ‘Public and Private’ - the role of Wessex Archaeology 1979 to 2008 and beyond’, proceedings of a conference held to celebrate 50 years of the Council for British Archaeology’s Wessex Branch
  • 2002       Davies, S.M., Bellamy, P.S., Heaton, M.J. and Woodward, P.J., Excavations at Alington Avenue, Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset.  Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society Monograph Series No. 15, Dorchester
  • 2001       Multi-Modal Environmental Assessment Topic Guidance (Cultural Heritage): guidance on strategic Environmental Impact Assessment for the Transport Research Laboratory, Highways Agency
  • 2001       Standard and Guidance on Archaeological Field Evaluation Institute of Field Archaeologists
  • 1999       Castle of Gibraltar: Conservation Management Plan and Tourism Strategy for the Government of Gibraltar
  • 1999       Castle Cornet, Guernsey, Conservation Plan for the States of Guernsey
  • 1999       Davies, S.M., Walker, K. and Coleman, L. The New Forest: Historical Landscape Character, New Forest Committee Occasional Papers, Lyndhurst; New Forest National Park web publication)
  • 1998       Davies, S M and Lambrick, G, BAA Archaeological & Cultural Heritage Policy
  • 1998       ‘Contract archaeology in the UK’, proceedings of a conference held at the Rijksdienst voor het Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek, Amersfoort, Netherlands, in honour of Willem Willems.
  • 1995       Royal William Yard Regeneration, Plymouth: Cultural Heritage Environmental Impact Assessment, Proof of Evidence and public Inquiry for Plymouth Development Corporation
  • 1995       Wainwright G.J. and Davies, S.M., Balksbury Camp, Hampshire: Excavations 1973 and 1981, English Heritage Archaeology Report 4
  • 1995       'Cattedown Reclamation Scheme, Plymouth: an Archaeological Impact Study', in K. Ray (ed.) Archaeological Investigations and Research in Plymouth  Volume 1: 1992-93, Plymouth Archaeology Occasional Publication 2, 9-17
  • 1994       Wainwright G.J. and Davies, S.M.,   Balksbury Camp, Hampshire in A.P. Fitzpatrick and E.L. Morris (eds), The Iron Age in Wessex: Recent Work, Association Francaise D'Etude de L'Age du Fer/Wessex Archaeology, 52-7
  • 1993       Graham, A H and Davies S M, Excavations in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, 1977 and 1986-1988, Wessex Archaeology Monograph Report No. 2, Salisbury
  • 1993       Woodward, P.J., Davies, S.M., and Graham, A.H., Excavations at Greyhound Yard, Dorchester 1981-1984, Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society Monograph Series No. 12
  • 1991       Desk-based Studies and Evaluation Reports: Wessex Archaeology Technical Manuals
  • 1991-6    The English Rivers Palaeolithic Project for English Heritage (Editor; series regional reports)
  • 1990-96   Stonehenge World Heritage Site evaluations and Environmental Impact Assessments (Visitor Centre proposals and A303 improvements)
  • 1987       'The Coins', 'The Copper Alloy Objects', 'The Ironwork', 'The Stone Objects', 'The Fired Clay objects', 'The Rhenish Wares', 'The Romano-British Finewares', 'The Iron Age and Romano-British Coarse Pottery', 'The Post-Roman Pottery',  in C.J.S. Green, Excavations at Poundbury Volume I : The Settlements,  Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society Monograph Series  No. 7
  • 1985       Pottery Recording Manual, Wessex Archaeology, Technical Manuals Series
  • 1984       The Dipinti, Stamps and Graffiti & the Lamps, in D.P.S Peacock and M.G. Fulford Excavations at Carthage, the British Mission. Vol. 1, 141-54 and 222-41
  • 1984       'Excavation of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery (and some prehistoric pits) at Charlton Plantation, near Downton', Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society Magazine 79, 109-54
  • 1983       'Excavations at Christchurch, Dorset, 1981-1983', Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society Proceedings 105, 21-56
  • 1981       'Excavations at Old Down Farm, Andover. Part II: Prehistoric and Roman', Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society 3, 81-163
  • 1980       'Excavations at Old Down Farm, Andover Part I: Saxon, Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society 36, 161-80

Client Reports (largely development and planning- or EIA-related)

  • 1981 to 2003: approximately 400 client reports drafted and/or edited.   These include documents relating to planning applications, environmental impact assessments, public inquiries, consultancy advice, excavation reports and post-excavation assessments, management plans et al.   Their scale and nature are very variable, from minor watching briefs, to major urban investigations, landscape and strategic projects.
  • 1990-2003: editing and approval of all Company client reports
  • 2003-12: editing and approval larger scale and complex client reports

Editorial Posts

  • Honorary Editor, Institute of Field Archaeologists 1988 - 1990
  • Archaeology Editor, Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society 1991 - 1998