MBArchaeology is an Affiliate Member of the Council for British Archaeology and is run by consultant archaeologist Matthew Beresford. Established in 2008, we specialise in Community Archaeology, Education & Research and work throughout Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire.

We offer educational talks, walks, workshops and courses on a whole variety of archaeological topics in both Community and Family Learning, Adult Education and with specialist groups. We also provide project design and support, training and supervision in archaeological field methods including surveying, planning, recording, excavation and finds analysis & interpretation.

Some of the organisations we have worked with include Derbyshire County Council, University of Nottingham, University of Leicester, Creswell Heritage Trust, Workers’ Educational Association, Bright Ideas Nottingham, Lincoln University, Embrace The Past and Bolsover District Council.

Recent projects include the award-winning Community Archaeology research project at Elmton in Derbyshire as part of the HLF-funded Limestone Journeys, the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey, and the self-sustaining crowdfunded Roman Southwell Community Project. We have also designed and delivered a Family Learning archaeology programme in north-east Derbyshire, and undertook residential trips to Stonehenge and Northumbria, plus numerous field visits to sites as far apart as the Peak District, York and Peterborough.





Matthew Beresford

Matthew Beresford BA (hons), MA, ACIfA

Senior Archaeologist

Project Director for Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medeival Graffiti Survey, Roman Southwell Community Project , Spa Ponds Heritage Project, Elmton Research Project, Bones of Contention


Matthew is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He qualified from the University of Nottingham with an honours degree in Combined Studies (Archaeology & History) and a Masters degree with Distinction in Local & Regional History.  His dissertation topic was ‘A new interpretative model of Creswell Crags and its place in a wider European context’ and formulated the basis for his 2012 book Beyond the Ice: Creswell Crags in a wider European context published through Archaeopress. He is currently undertaking Doctoral research through the University of Hertfordshire.

He has worked extensively as a field archaeologist at sites including:

  • Southwell, Nottinghamshire – Medieval village, Roman Landscape
  • Elmton, Derbyshire – Medieval village
  • Bolsover, Derbyshire – Medieval Townscape
  • Strutts Park, Derby – Roman fort
  • Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham – Medieval village
  • Whitwell Woods, Derbyshire – Romano-British enclosure
  • Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire – Saxon / Medieval village
  • Melton Quarry, East Yorkshire – Prehistoric cemetery
  • Pickering, East Yorkshire – Flood defences
  • Wymondham, Leicestershire – Roman villa
  • Collingham, Nottinghamshire – Romano-British farmstead
  • Starting Gate, York – Roman villa with burials and road
  • St. Leonard’s, York – Medieval hospital, Roman defences

He is also qualified to teach in the Lifelong Learning sector and is a member of The Institue for Learning (IfL), and currently runs courses and projects for Derbyshire County Council, Workers’ Educational Association and bespoke courses and talks for archaeology and local history groups.

His main interests and research themes range from Prehistoric Ritual & Religion through to widening community participation and involvement in archaeology and the heritage sector in general. He has written extensively on a wide range of archaeological and historical topics and has worked as a Committee Member for the Southwell Archaeology group and the Limestone Community Archaeology Group, is a contributor for Historical Honey, and Editor of the MBArchaeology community newsletter.



David Astbury BA (hons), MA

Field Archaeologist

Current Projects: Elmton Research Project, Spa Ponds Heritage Project.


David worked as a professional musician for over ten years before embarking on an undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology at Newcastle University, for which he gained first-class honours. He then completed an MA in Archaeology, also at Newcastle. He has worked on projects ranging from the Iron-Age Hillfort at Fin Cop in Derbyshire, to an Assyrian palace complex at Ziyaret Tepe, south-east Turkey.

As well as excavation, David has a sound knowledge and experience in surveying techniques, such as geophysics (magnetometry & resistivity), topographic surveying and Geographic Information Software (GIS). He has recently undertaken further professional development through the CBA’s Community Archaeology Bursary scheme, working alongside Tyne & Wear Archaeology, and is currently working towards his PhD.

David is an open-minded archaeologist who sees the value of respecting the material culture of all phases of the past. His main interests lie in the development of medieval settlements; he is currently researching the deserted settlement of West Backworth in Tyne and Wear and working on comparisons with other settlements both in the area and beyond. He is now looking to incorporate community involvement  into this study.

David is an active committee member of the Northumberland Archaeological Group, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and believes that opening up archaeology and history to the community brings huge benefits to all concerned; after all, it’s everyone’s past.



Tony Beresford

Lead Volunteer

Current Projects: Elmton Research Project, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medeival Graffiti Survey, Bones of Contention



Tony took partial retirement in 2013 and has worked as a volunteer with MBArchaeology on several projects over the last 18 months.

After retiring permanently early in 2014, he has taken on the role of Lead Volunteer, and is currently involved in both the Elmton Research Project and the Burgage Earthworks project.

He is enjoying learning new skills, meeting likeminded people and turning a love of Time Team into an involvement in local archaeology, helping to identify and preserve the local heritage for future generations.

Tony also has a passion for gardening, and works as a volunteer for the National Trust in the gardens at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. This is proving invaluable as his meticulous eye for garden aesthetics ensures that when the digging is done, all turves are perfectly re-laid!



Helen Bates BA (hons), MA

Historical Research / Community Engagement

Current Projects: Roman Southwell Community Project, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey, MBA Walks


Helen completed a BA (hons) in Drama & Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway College before gaining the MA in Local & Regional History with Distinction at the University of Nottingham. She has worked on several successful projects within the East Midlands, including as Content Researcher for the award-winning Lincoln Castle Revealed project, the Hyson Green Flats project, which was short-listed for the National Lottery Awards in 2012, Take Part, a regional project for Community Engagement and Active Citizenship, and the Derbyshire Lives through the World Wars project.

Helen is currently undertaking Doctoral Research on the Boughton Estate in Northamptonshire. She provides content research and support for the MBA Walks and Residential Weekends, and our educational packages.

Helen’s main passion is finding new ways to widen community participation in the Heritage Sector and promoting the theme that history is for everyone.



James WrightJames Wright

Buildings Archaeologist

Current Projects: Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey.


James graduated from the University of Nottingham, and works as a Buildings Archaeologist with a specialism in Medieval & Renaissance Architecture. He has worked in the field of historic graffiti for several years, in particular at Knole and the Tower of London.

He has researched one of the largest royal palaces ever to have stood at King’s Clipstone in Sherwood Forest for over twelve years, and his book A Palace For Our Kings will be published in the summer of 2016.

James currently provides specialist support and training on the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey, and training workshops on Standing Building Surveying.




Dr. Lauren McIntyre


Current Projects: Bones Of Contention.


Lauren has worked as a commercial field archaeologist since graduating in 2004. After completing an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology in 2006, she has worked as an osteoarchaeologist within commercial archaeology, and on research and community projects teaching excavation techniques and supervising students.

For her doctoral thesis, Lauren conducted analysis of the complete archive of human skeletal material from Roman York, and combined this data with pre-existing evidence in order to create an biocultural reconstruction of the population.

She provides specialist osteoarchaeological knowledge for the Bones of Contention project, and designs and delivers educational workshops and training session for it.






The MBArchaeology team is young, vibrant and passionate about what we do. Between us, we have over 30 years experience in archaeology, heritage and community engagement & involvement. Coupled with that experience, our passion and drive enables us to work successfully within the community – with us you get a very personal approach.

MBArchaeology are always keen to hear from community groups, organisations, heritage bodies and institutions about the potential for new projects. We are committed to helping communities  become more involved in their history and heritage, and are proud to support the Council for British Archaeology’s motto of ‘Archaeology For All’.



MBArchaeology is the trading name for Matthew Beresford



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  1. Do you have an emailing list of events we can come to? If so, please can I be on it. I have been on Nottinghamshire Community Archeology’s list for some time and found your site as I was looking for a similar organisation in Derbyshire.

    Many thanks,
    David Parkin

    • Dear David,
      Thanks for your query. If you look under the ‘Current Projects 2013’ tab you will see all courses, talks, walks and projects that will be happening throughout 2013. If you are interested in any of them, just send me an email and i can advise on booking info, cost, etc. I will email you more detail. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Matt
    One of my friends posted a link to your site and I thought I know that man! Looks like it’s going well for you in archaeology.
    Best wishes
    Simon Diment

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