UWTSD graduate Shortlisted for ‘Star Women in Business’ awards


An Alumna of the MA Heritage Practice programme at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus has been shortlisted in two categories for this year’s ‘Star Women in Business’ awards. 


Marie Woods leading a workshop during the Chinese Summer School held on the Lampeter campus last year

Marie Woods, who gained degrees in BA Archaeology and MA Heritage Practice during her time at the University, has been shortlisted from hundreds of entries for the highly prestigious awards.  Shortlisted in the ‘New Star’ and ‘Digital Star’ categories Marie set up her company, Heritage Adventures Ltd, in 2015 with the aim of offering an exciting array of heritage events and workshops for schools and the public.  The company also deliver high-quality heritage consultancy, whether it be for museums or heritage groups.  Marie Woods said:    

“After leaving university I initially went to work for Eden Camp in Malton before moving to the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park. Following these experiences, I then decided to set up Heritage Adventures Ltd. It is a company that is dedicated to heritage education and consultancy. It enables school groups and members of the public to learn about the past using experimental archaeology and encourages them to go out and make discoveries for themselves.

Heritage Adventures also provides consultancy work for museums, attractions and heritage groups that are perhaps not financially well off but do have an important story to tell. The company has recently completed an education pack for the Central Tramway Company and a pottery analysis for the Nidderdale Chase Heritage Group.”

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Marie leading a group on one of her company's heritage tours

The new Star Women in Business Awards is a refreshing, dynamic event that will applaud and celebrate the range of achievements, efforts and creativity of women in the North Yorkshire area.  Marie is extremely proud of her company’s progress and is looking forward to being a part of the event.  She added:

“The Star Women in Business Awards nomination and shortlisting came as a huge surprise. Archaeology and heritage seem to be the odd one out when looking through the other successful candidates, but I am extremely proud of how far the company has come in such a short space of time and I’m very proud to be raising awareness for my sector. 

I've had amazing support from family and friends and I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for them. So, regardless of the outcome on 12th April, I'm just over the moon to be a part of it all and I'm excited to see where the company goes from here.”

During her time at UWTSD Marie’s personal tutor was Dr Katharina Zinn.  Her former student’s success has come as no surprise to Dr Zinn.  A Senior Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage at UWTSD Lampeter, Dr Zinn, commented:

“Marie studied BA Archaeology from 2009 to 2012 and the MA Heritage Practice degree from 2012 until she graduated in January 2015. Her success with her new company did not surprise me as I knew Marie to be a very dedicated student who overcame difficult periods with a very mature determination. Already during her MA, she specialised in museums and especially outreach work but at the same time also worked in commercial archaeology.

After graduation, she worked at Doncaster Museum and Eden Camp before she decided to follow her interest which had already shaped her MA dissertation – museum, material culture and outreach when she founded her company, Heritage Adventures.  We were very lucky to be able to convince Marie to join as a lecturer for the Chinese Studies summer school workshop Lampeter in July 2017. During the Summer School, she ran an outreach workshop for early career researchers and PhD students which was very well received by the delegation present.  I’d like to wish Marie all the best for the future.”

On her time as a student on UWTSD’s Lampeter campus, Marie said:

“I studied at Lampeter from 2009-2014. I completed a Degree in Archaeology and a Masters in Heritage Practice.  I had great fun being a part of the Department of Archaeology as there were so many projects to get stuck into. My experiences at Strata Florida and The National Botanic Garden of Wales were brilliant, not only for the excavations but because I was able to work with the general public and local schools. As part of my MA, I focused on Heritage Education and Outreach and dedicated my dissertation to this theme.” 

The Star Women in Business awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 12 from 11.30am at Scarborough Spa.

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk