Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust


Dr Paul Belford



Paul has been the Director (chief executive officer) of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust since 2013. He is an archaeologist with diverse interests in late prehistoric, early mediaeval and post-medieval archaeology; heritage policy and practice; and public engagement with the historic environment. Before joining CPAT, Paul had a diverse career – mainly in the UK but also working on projects in Germany, France, Bermuda and Australia. For ten years Paul was responsible for archaeology and monuments in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Although much of his time has been spent in the not-for-profit sector, Paul has also worked in academia and spent three years as the Principal Heritage Consultant in a dynamic for-profit consultancy which had a portfolio of cultural heritage projects across Europe, Africa and East Asia. Paul currently serves as a Board Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and as a Trustee of the Black Country Living Museum.

Selected publications

Books and monographs

Blood, faith and iron: a dynasty of Catholic industrialists in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.
Oxford: Archaeopress. 2018.

Iron and ironworking.
(with S. Paynter and E. Blakelock). London: Historical Metallurgy Society. 2015 

Across the North Sea: later historical archaeology in Britain and Denmark.
(with H. Harnow, L. Høst Madsen and D. Cranstone). Odense: South Denmark University Press. 2012

Archaeological practice in Great Britain 
(with J. Schofield and J. Carman). New York: Springer. 2011.

Footprints of industry.
(with M. Palmer and R. White). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. 2010.

Journal articles and book chapters

‘Politics and heritage: developments in historic environment policy and practice in Wales’
The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice, 10:2 (2018), 1-26.

‘Adding value: an independent system of accreditation for archaeology and cultural heritage’
(with G. Wait), Archäologische Informationen, 41 (2018), 55-64.

‘Offa’s Dyke: a line in the landscape’
in Fortress Salopia, edited by Tim Jenkins and Rachel Abbiss. Solihull: Helion and Company (2017), 60-81.

‘Inhabitants and inhabitance: archaeology and memory in industrial spaces’
in Reanimating industrial spaces: memory work in post-industrial societies, edited by Hilary Orange. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press (2015), 16-35.

‘Sustainability in community archaeology’
Arqueologia Publica, 3:2 (2014), 21-44.

 ‘Ships, slaves and slipways: towards an archaeology of shipbuilding in Bermuda’
Post-Medieval Archaeology, 45(1), 71-89 [2011].

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Paul leads the Senior Management team.

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Paul’s colleagues

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Clare Beaumont


Chris Martin


Nigel Jones