Thank you for visiting the ORACLE Heritage Services website, which is currently under construction.



 harnessing the spirit of our past.....                                               

                                           .....enhancing prospects for our future


ORACLE Heritage Services is Paul Frodsham's independent consultancy, dedicated to archaeological research, conservation and interpretation throughout northern England and elsewhere. If you are looking for help with designing or funding heritage projects, the provision of interpretive material (eg on-site panels, leaflets, websites), the production of management plans, or any other heritage-related work, then NOW IS THE TIME TO CONSULT THE ORACLE!

Please feel free to ask any questions - Paul Frodsham is always happy to meet potential clients for an initial free consultation at which various options can be discussed. While this website is under construction, Paul can be contacted via email at, or phone on either 01388 526670 or 07775 946937, or by good old fashioned post at Orchard House, 31 Front Street, Frosterley, County Durham, DL13 2QP.

Paul Frodsham, a graduate of Durham University, has worked as an archaeologist in northern England for over a quarter of a century, including spells as Northumberland National Park Archaeologist (1992-2006) and North Pennines AONB Historic Environment Officer (2007-2015). During this time he has designed and delivered numerous exciting projects, involving several partners and many hundreds of local people. Most recently, he ran the Altogether Archaeology project in the North Pennines, enabling hundreds of local people to work with professional archaeologists to complete a range of exciting survey and excavation projects - for details please visit

Paul is currently working on important projects with Newcastle University, Durham University, the Northumberland National Park Authority, Durham County Council, and the Altogether Archaeology group, all of which are designed to enable local people to work with professional archaeologists to make exciting new discoveries about the fabulous archaeology of northern England!  

In addition to many academic publications, Paul has written popular books about a range of subjects; recent titles include Hadrian and his Wall, Cuthbert and the Northumbrian Saints, and From Stonehenge to Santa Claus - the Archaeology of Christmas. He has appeared many times on national and local television and radio, and is a popular public speaker having given hundreds of presentations to local audiences in village halls and academic gatherings at national conferences.

Over recent years, ORACLE Heritage Services has worked with numerous partners to deliver a range of projects, details of which will in due course be posted on this website. If there is anything you think that Paul Frodsham may be able to help with you with, please do not hesitate to CONSULT THE ORACLE!