Staff Profiles

Treasure Trove Unit

Stuart Campbell – Treasure Trove Unit Manager


Stuart is responsible for the Treasure Trove Unit and the daily operation of the treasure trove system. He studied archaeology at Edinburgh University and before coming to the TTU worked for various heritage bodies, including RCAHMS and at the Presidio Trust, San Francisco on a US/ICOMOS scholarship. His main interests lie in material culture from 1100-1800 and in the use of objects to construct social and cultural identities. Current research interests include the material culture of medieval identities and he is currently recording metal detector finds of seditious and obscene objects from the Georgian period. This is part of a larger interest in the archaeology of illegal and socially disreputable behaviour, which includes work on illicit distilling.

Outside of work he is interested in Alpine and rock climbing, the cultural aspects of camouflage, analogue photography and has recently started learning to sew.


Phone: 0131 247 4355

Dr Natasha FergusonTreasure Trove Unit Officer


Natasha is responsible for the day to day running of the Treasure Trove Unit. Her responsibilities include dealing with general enquires, engaging with the public and heritage sector on Treasure Trove matters, processing and researching reported artefacts and assemblages and conducting site assessment through archaeological excavation. Natasha has also developed outreach programmes; particularly aimed at hobbyist metal detectorists and designed to encourage good practice and reporting. She has also helped develop digital strategies within the Unit, including the creation of an internal database and Facebook page.

Natasha’s main research interest is in conflict archaeology and she has a PhD in the subject from the University of Glasgow. Her research aimed to assess the negative impact and positive contribution of hobbyist metal detecting on sites of conflict in the UK and its ramifications to the heritage management of battlefields. Natasha has published on the subject of metal detecting, as well as topics including material culture, heritage management and conflict archaeology. Find details of her research here:

Natasha began her career at the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of Glasgow, working as a research assistant. Amongst other things this research involved directing and co-directing archaeological investigations of Scottish battlefields as part of community-led projects. This included the Battles of Philiphaugh, Scottish Borders (1645) and Prestonpans, East Lothian (1745), and the Fort William and Inverlochy Project.

Natasha has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in archaeology from the University of Glasgow and NUI, Galway, respectively, and has published articles and lectured on subjects including metal detecting, material culture and the cultural heritage management of battlefields.

Natasha is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and outside work she sits on the council of the Glasgow Archaeological Society. She also enjoys hillwalking, skiing and generally travelling around.


Phone: 0131 247 4082

Emily Freeman – Treasure Trove Unit Officer


Emily is responsible for the daily running of the Treasure Trove Unit. Her responsibilities include dealing with general enquires, engaging with the public and heritage sector on Treasure Trove matters, and processing and researching reported artefacts and assemblages.

Emily has an Undergraduate degree in Ancient History from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate degree in Museum Studies, specialising in artefacts and material culture, from the University of Glasgow. Before coming to the Treasure Trove Unit, she volunteered with the Staffordshire Hoard project team as a Documentation Assistant and spent a year with the Portable Antiquities Scheme in the West Midlands as a Headley Trust Intern/Finds Recording Assistant.

Emily’s area of interest is numismatics, looking primarily at the development of coinage in Britain. She hopes to expand her knowledge whilst with the Treasure Trove Unit, identifying incoming coins and researching the Roman coins in the database. She also has an interest in how metal detecting and Treasure Trove have altered and enriched museum collections.

Outside of work, Emily spends her time wandering around museums and reading crime fiction.


Phone: 0131 247 4025

SAFAP (Scottish Archaeological Finds and Allocations Panel)

Dr Evelyn Silber – Chair of SAFAP


Dr Evelyn Silber is Hon. Professorial Research Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Glasgow. She is a former Director of the Hunterian, University of Glasgow , also of Leeds Museums and Galleries, and Assistant Director at Birmingham Museums and Galleries. From 2006-2009 she was a member of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland. A historian and art historian by training, originally specialising in medieval manuscript illumination, she has considerable experience of the issues around the acquisition, conservation and presentation of archaeological and numismatic material and the care and presentation of medieval sites for the enjoyment and understanding of the public. Evelyn has lived in Glasgow for 15 years and is involved in several local heritage and cultural tourism projects, including Chairmanship of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Neil Curtis


Head of Museums, University of Aberdeen

Neil Curtis is Head of Museums in the University of Aberdeen, including responsibility for Scottish history and archaeology, and Programme Director for Museum Studies. His research has included repatriation and the treatment of human remains, and studies of Scottish museum history, including Treasure Trove in Scotland. Associate of the Museums Association, Convenor of University Museums in Scotland and a former Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Jacob O’Sullivan


Jacob O’Sullivan is the Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) representative on the panel. MGS is the National Development Body for the museum sector in Scotland, working collaboratively to invest in and develop a sustainable museum and galleries sector for Scotland, in line with the aims of ‘Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries’. As Collections and Engagement Manager, Jacob works with museums across Scotland to support collections management and engagement with collections. Prior to working at MGS, Jacob was Curator of the Large Objects collections at the Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. He has also worked with National Museums Northern Ireland and Cregneash Folk Museum in the Isle of Man (where he is from). He studied at Queen’s University Belfast, and the University of Ulster.

Paul Macdonald


Paul Macdonald is an Edinburgh based custom sword and knife-maker and historical fencing master.

His research is focused on Scottish and European arms and armour and historical martial arts, exploring the cultural developments, construction and craftsmanship of various arms alongside combative methods and pedagogy. He maintains close ties with museums and historical and military organisations through research and public presentations.

Paul has a keen interest in metal detecting, is a member of the Scottish Detector Club and Chairman of battlefield archaeology group, Conflicts of Interest.

Richard Welander


Trained as an archaeological conservator, Richard Welander has worked in Scottish archaeology for more than 30 years. He has extensive field and post excavation conservation experience, managing the Ancient Monuments Laboratory in Edinburgh until its closure in 1992. The author of Historic Scotland’s operational policy on ‘The Treatment of Human Remains in Archaeology’, he has had a long interest in the evidential preservation of all excavated finds, serving for many years on the former Finds Disposal Panel and, as its last chairman, overseeing the successful transfer of its function to the Treasure Trove Unit.

Heading up Historic Scotland’s Collections Unit, he is now responsible for the care of large and varied collections at more than 160 sites across Scotland. He joined the panel on 31st January 2014 as a representative for Historic Environment Scotland.

Dr Katie Stevenson


Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland

Katie Stevenson was appointed Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland in 2016. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Late Mediaeval History and Director of the Institute of Scottish Historical Research at the University of St Andrews. Her degrees are in history and archaeology from the University of Melbourne and she has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She has researched and published extensively on medieval Scotland and most recently wrote the late medieval volume in the New History of Scotland series, Power and Propaganda: Scotland, 1306-1488. In 2014 she was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Thomas Reid Medal in the Arts and Humanities. She is fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.