Members' Interests

Kevan Fadden

Kevan Fadden FSA lives in Ampthill and is the founder Chairman of the Society. Before retirement he worked for Vauxhall Motors Ltd., Panther Cars Ltd. and the National Health Service. A committed amateur archaeologist he became involved with the planning of what was to become the Council for Independent Archaeology (CIA) and held the post of Hon Treasurer since its formation in 1989 until 2010 when he took over as Assistant Secretary. For eighteen years he served on the British Archaeological Awards Committee and took the chair for the Pitt Rivers Award for the best amateur excavation, visiting sites in many parts of the UK, giving a trophy and distributing small grants sponsored by the Robert Kiln Trust.

Currently his main interests are helping to run this Society and furthering the use of geophysics in amateur societies associated with the CIA, a subject which has had considerable success in the past twelve years.

An enthusiastic photographer he is actively recording local sites of archaeological or historical significance, the latest project concerning small slaughter houses, their furnishings and equipment.

Clive Makin

Barton Le Clay resident Clive Makin is researching and documenting the military impact of WWII on the general area around the village. Through documentary research, field work and personal interviews, he is hoping to make a permanent record of life and events during this period. Examples of his research include; the activities of the various Home Guard Platoons, Observer Corps, Civil Defence, searchlight and anti-aircraft batteries, Barton Airfield and enemy action. Also, he is researching Home Guard photographs with the view to identifying as many of the Home Guard members as possible. Clive also has a keen interest in the application of geophysics to archaeology and is a member of the Pillbox Study Group.

Mike Turner

Mike worked for many years at Wrest Park, Silsoe. He specialises in the history of Wrest Park (House and gardens). He has participated in several geophysics surveys mainly at Wrest and Ampthill Park. He has an interest in palaeography and over last few years has been transcribing into modern English the accounts for the Manor of Ampthill during the reign of Henry VIII. (see attachment) These include long lists of workers at Ampthill in the 1500's which may be of interest to family historians. Also has been searching the Letters and Papers of Henry VIIIth for references to Ampthill, Wrest and the de Grey family.

Colin Watt

Colin lives in Clophill and enjoys researching local history. He has a website where he publishes his findings. The two main themes are Preserving Our Heritage and Village Life a Hundred Years Ago.

A second interest is in digitally modelling lost buildings to bring them back to life in virtual reality. He is currently working on a model of Ampthill Castle that can be viewed on Google Earth.