Parks & Gardens UK Project Administration
The project team provides training and mentoring for volunteers, oversees uploading, accuracy and presentation of information received, and ensures smooth day-to-day running of Parks&GardensUK.
Rachael Stamper joined the Parks & Gardens UK project in 2006 as Project Manager with a background in editorial project management in higher education publishing. She led the project team through the development of the web resource and the successful completion of the HLF grant phase. Rachael continues to oversee the ongoing management and maintenance of Parks & Gardens UK. With limited knowledge about garden history and designed landscapes in the United Kingdom at the start, Rachael has enjoyed learning about and visiting historic landscapes throughout her involvement with the project. She is also a member of the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust.
Maria Beck began her career in commercial archaeology, then completed an archaeology degree at the University of York in 1999. She later worked in field archaeology, post-excavation, landscape survey and geophysics in the UK and in the Middle East. She was offered a data entry role in the main phase of the HLF grant, and joined the Parks & Gardens UK project in 2007. The attention to detail required of an archaeologist has proven a most useful trait in checking the thousands of records now on the Parks and Gardens UK website. Maria, now the project's Database Manager, also supports the volunteers recording and uploading material to the website, and looks after most of the day-to-day enquiries we receive. She is a member of English Heritage and the National Trust and, with her young family, enjoys exploring the multitude of green spaces protected by those organisations.