Did you know this about....... Richard E. Emmett MSc GCGI PGDip – Archaeology


Essex, Hampshire and City of London

Richard was born in St. Osyth, in 1956 and attended the Plume School Maldon, Essex.  He was a cadet with his local Squadron of the Air Training Corps, gaining his ‘gliding proficiency certificate’ and achieving rank of cadet flight sergeant.  He realised his career path and joined the Hampshire Constabulary as a police cadet in 1974 and on turning 19, he graduated into the regular police force. Then in 1978 Richard transferred into the City of London Police.


During his spare time, he volunteered to run cadet detachments with the Army Cadet Force in London as an instructor and was commissioned with them in 1979.  In 1988, Richard took the Queen’s commission once again, serving as movement control officer in 162 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport then the Royal Logistic Corps, Territorial Army (TA).  During his service with the TA he achieved the rank of Captain.  In 1991, he took three months away from his job to lead an ‘Operation Raleigh’ expedition for ‘young venturers’ to Chile, South America. In 2005, Richard returned to the TA as a liaison officer, with the District Reinforcement Team, HQ London District.


Richard enjoys scuba diving recreationally and eventually became semi-professional trainer as a Course Director/Master Instructor with the Professional Association of Scuba Instructors (PADI), and also trained as a first aid Instructor Trainer with Emergency First Response. He has received a total of three certificates for scuba training excellence and has come to the aid of two members of the public by successfully performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on them.


From 2002 until he retired from the police in 2005, Richard was seconded to the London Resilience Team working on emergency planning management across London. During his 30 year police service, he has received two Commanders commendations and a Chief Superintendant’s certificate of merit. He has completed three London marathons, and in 2007 he was made a Freeman of the City of London.


Kent and Sittingbourne

In 2004, Richard met and married Theresa, moving from Essex to Upchurch.  Here he completed his Masters of Science degree (Emergency Planning Management); graduated with the City and Guilds Institute in (Leadership and Management); and graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in archaeology. 


In 2009, Richard joined the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne and in 2010 joined the committee.  He retired from the Territorial Army in 2011, and in 2014, Richard was elected chairman of HRGS.  He has successfully facilitated the groups research room move into a shopping unit and oversees a team of volunteers who man a historical/archaeological exhibition called the Heritage Hub. In its first year alone, the exhibition attracted over 7000 visitors. 


Projects and Talks

Richard leads on several of the group’s projects – Bredhurst archaeology, Rose Hill archaeology and the Sittingbourne War Memorials projects. He actively fundraises for HRGS and other history groups. In 2016, Richard was runner up in the ‘Swale Volunteer Awards’ for volunteering contribution to creativity, culture or heritage.  Additionally, Richard finds the time to champion Swale and Sittingbourne’s heritage by being the Deputy Chair of The Swale Museums Group, core member of the ‘Wheels of Time’ initiative, a member of the Swale Borough Council World War One commemorations steering group, Kent Archaeological Society Field Work Committee, Sittingbourne Museum and Heritage Centre Working Group and a War Memorials Trust learning volunteer. Richard regularly provided illustrated talks for the HRGS and to numerous local groups, on topics of local history, military history and archaeology. He believes that HRGS does ‘Bring History Alive’ for the community.