When Ben left the British Army, having completed tours of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, he was unsure what his next career move would be - especially after he was diagnosed with Complex PTSD. Ben had a love for military history from an early age and had always wanted to explore this further. Then he was introduced to Waterloo Uncovered. Working with Waterloo Uncovered gave him the perfect opportunity to pursue his interests, and to come and dig at the site of the most famous land battle in history.
Ben first attended the 2018 summer excavations, where he worked on a project to reconstruct what the layout of Hougoumont farm would have looked like before the battle, using archaeological evidence combined with historical research. Working with heritage at Waterloo influenced Ben to pursue an exciting opportunity and a new career path: working at the world-famous ‘Pooh Corner’ in Ashdown Forest. Ben now works as head of research at the Pooh Corner museum, focusing on the history of Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne, Christopher Robin and much more. For Ben, his time at Waterloo has helped him settle into life after leaving the British Army, and to remember that, in his own words: “every day is a good day”.
Ben has since become Waterloo Uncovered's Quartermaster, helping us organise our equipment and stores and making sure our digs and fundraising activities run smoothly.