Dr Peter Allen

peter-allen_2017Committee, 2017 – 2019


I graduated in geology at Manchester University and gained my PhD at the Research Institute of African Geology at Leeds University. I worked for the British Geological Survey for 34 years.  For eight of them I was responsible for the UK geological mapping programme.   I became active in archaeology when I retired and for 15 years I was chairman of the Bingham Heritage Trails Association.  During that time I managed four Heritage Lottery-funded community research projects. In one of these we field-walked all the arable land in the parish (868 hectares); in another we dug 62 test pits in the town itself.  I have published in the Transactions of the Thoroton Society (TTS) on the history of settlement in Bingham and on night soil.  My third paper, due out in the TTS next year, is about a gypsum-plaster and lime-ash floor in the now defunct medieval Bingham manor house.  I am also vice chairman of the Council for British Archaeology in the East Midlands.