Craig Barclay

Opening Address

Born in Aberdeen in 1961, after leaving school Craig worked as a ‘digger’ with Aberdeen Archaeology Unit.  He completed an MA degree in psychology, but kept digging in his spare time, working as hotel night porter to fund a part-time MLitt in classical archaeology (specialising in coinage).  His first museum job was at the University of Aberdeen, followed by posts of Assistant Curator at Royal Mint, Keeper of Numismatics in York and Keeper of Archaeology in Hull.  Having obtained a postgraduate management qualification, Craig moved to Durham in 2005 as Curator of University Museums.  He maintains a keen interest in ancient and medieval coinage and dabbles in underwater archaeology when the opportunity arises.  He recently gained a PhD in history from the University of York.