Our Staff

Meet the ScARF team

Dr Helen Spencer FSAScot

ScARF Project Manager

Helen has been the ScARF Project Manager since 2018. She has a BSc(Hons) in Archaeological Science from the University of Bradford and an MA in Conservation of Historic Objects from the University of Durham. She joined National Museums Scotland in 2000, working initially in the Conservation and Analytical Research department as both an artefact and preventive conservator before becoming Collections Care Manager in 2004.  In 2012, started working as a freelance Museums and Heritage Consultant specialising in Conservation, Collections Care and Collections Management. She recently gained her doctorate from Heriot-Watt University, with her research being on the scientific analysis of window glass in Scotland from the medieval and post medieval periods. She loves glass of all periods and also works on glass finds analysis from excavations across Scotland.

Email: helen@socantscot.org

Phone: 0131 247 4432


Dr Jennifer Allison FSAScot

ScARF Project Officer

Jennifer joined the ScARF team in March 2022. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Archaeology and continued her studies with an MLitt in Material Culture and Artefact Studies at the University of Glasgow, where she developed a passion for early medieval archaeology and the study of everyday lives. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Aberdeen, researching Pictish household evidence and the manifestation of societal changes through domestic architecture. Jennifer has a keen interest in Scottish education and fully accessible heritage for all, and has volunteered for local primary schools throughout her time at university. Her favourite heritage includes Shetland’s archaeological landscape, especially the Broch of Mousa, and early medieval sculpture like Sueno’s stone in Forres

Email: jennifer@socantscot.org

Phone: 0131 247 4432