In Memory of

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Don Henson

Don joined the Department of Archaeology at the University of York as a PhD student in January 2014, and following the successful completion of his PhD in December 2017, remained with the department to become an Associate Lecturer and then Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management. As a teacher Don was regarded as hugely inspirational by our students with a contagious passion for his field (and chocolate!). As a colleague Don was considerate and thoughtful, always checking in on his colleagues and offering to help where he could. But more importantly Don was our friend. He taught us to try and see the positive in everything and everyone, and live life to the full. Don will be sorely missed by us all, and everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Book Owner: Laura Parrett
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Justin hughes

Just to say that Don made it possible for me to pursue a similar career in archaeology and education. Over the years I have explored archaeology with many many pupils, students and adult learners and I have often be mindful of the premise which he spoke of; that is, that education means to lead …

Emma Bryning

I only knew Don for a few months, as I only started my research in October 2020, but he helped to provide a really welcoming and friendly atmosphere whenever he was present. I got to Don a little bit better when I audited his module on Community Archaeology which was a fantastic module and …

Tim Copelamd

I was Chair of the CBA’s Education Committee when we appointed Don as our Education Officer. His enthusiasm, experience and sense of humour came over from the moment he sat down to be interviewed. Having made many appointments in education as a headteacher, I look back on our decision to give Don the role …

Roger White

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing – such a life force it is difficult to believe he has gone. I remember especially a walk along Swansea beach at a CIfA conference when he told me of how he loved growing up there, and especially loved the walk along the beach. While he spent …

Harry Robson

Don, it was an absolute pleasure to have known you. Your enthusiasm towards archaeology, food and drink, especially beer, was second to none. You taught me a tremendous amount regarding engagement with the public, particularly the younger generation, and were always on call to ask those pertinent questions relating to my own research. From …

Lindsey Büster

I cannot say that I knew Don well, he certainly didn’t know me very well, but he was such a tour-de-force in the world of archaeology that when I arrived at York in January 2020, I felt like I had known him forever. He was just there, omnipresent: at every conference, every meeting, every …

Megan Wilson

A lovely enduring memory of Don is being sat in a planetarium tent with him and other students at a secondary school outreach day in Scarborough in 2018. He unintentionally annoyed the man leading the presentation by knowing more than him; it was amusing to witness and shows the vast scope of his knowledge. …

John Collis

Like many reaching the end of their careers I look back and wonder what I have achieved, and one of the positives is thinking of the students we taught, however well or badly, who then went out and made their mark in the world.  I knew Don ever since he came to Sheffield as …

Steph Piper

Don, in the few months I knew you after arriving at York in 2019, it felt like you had already been a lifelong friend. It was an absolute pleasure to teach alongside you, and to share an office. We could set our watches by your lunch at noon, and the barometer of a good …

Sarah Bottomley

Don was so many things to me. He was my dissertation supervisor, my mentor and my friend. He inspired me to take up a career in education after teaching me at York, during the wonderful year I was at King’s Manor. His boundless positivity and enthusiasm for life were infectious, and it was impossible …
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