Gareth Talbot

Gareth Talbot, MCIfA

BSc (Hons) Archaeology

  • Orkney College UHI
    East Road,
    KW15 1LX

    United Kingdom


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Interests

I joined the UHI Archaeology Institute as senior project officer in ORCA (Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology) in January 2023 from Atkins, a multi-disciplinary professional consultancy company, where I provided heritage advice on a range of heritage projects and was seconded to Transport Scotland for two years as their historic environment advisor.

I have worked on large-scale infrastructure projects including HS2; through to the preparation of heritage strategies and conservation management plans for a wide range of historic and modern sites, including World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia.

At ORCA I lead on environmental impact assessment and heritage strategy work.

In addition, I am an experienced sustainable event manager, having led the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to successful certification to ISO 20121: Sustainable Event Management, and was part of the London 2012 Olympics sustainability team. I am also the volunteer sustainability manager for the Orkney 2025 International Island Games (my wife is the Games Director).

Current research

Orkney Energy Heritage Strategy:

Research groups and interests

  • Post-Cold War heritage
  • Energy heritage

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Archaeology, University of Bournemouth

1 Sept 19933 Jun 1996

Award Date: 3 Jun 1996

External positions

Leader - Orkney Young Archaeologists Club


  • OC UHI: Archaeology Institute


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