Caroline Barrie-Smith

CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer, Solent Harbours


As the CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer for Solent Harbours, Caroline is co-responsible for delivering community archaeology in the Solent region from Christchurch Harbour in the west to Chichester Harbour in the east.

Before joining MOLA in 2019, Caroline worked on the ground breaking Riverside Project excavations in the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge. She then continued with the National Trust as their learning and interpretation officer on the Stonehenge Landscape estate.  She later became a maritime archaeologist working as an education officer and exhibition manager with Maritime Archaeology Trust, teaching the secrets and mysteries of shipwrecks and submerged settlements. After a stint at Barton Peveril college as their archaeology adult learning tutor and then the head of business at IBTC Portsmouth traditional wooden boatbuilding college, Caroline is back again in archaeology, this time with CITiZAN and working around the Solent Harbours where she grew up.

Caroline has BA(Hons) in International Relations and Politics from the University of Portsmouth and a PGC in Critical Approaches to Archaeology from the University of Leicester. She has specialised in education and outreach since 2003 and is passionate about teaching archaeology to all.

Caroline Barrie-Smith, CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer, Solent Harbours (c) MOLA

Meet the Community Archaeologists

The Community Archaeologists at MOLA lead community engagement projects and support our clients’ community engagement initiatives. The award-winning team manages the long-running Thames Discovery Programme and CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network), facilitate community digs and host events, including walks, talks, hands-on workshop and conferences.

Object handling session with a local community group