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Name  Claire Barratt
Role  Engineer

Claire Barratt

Education  University of Portsmouth

Born  1974 (age 46 years)

Similar  Elizabeth Adare, Donna Air, Sophie Aldred

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Claire Barratt (born 1974) is an industrial archaeologist, steam engineer and television presenter from the UK.


Claire Barratt with her husband and their daughter

She studied civil engineering at the University of Portsmouth, and whilst doing so, became more interested in mechanical engineering. Having completed her degree, she worked at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, the Royal Armouries and the British Engineerium where she continues to be employed. It was from here that her television career was launched when she appeared on Channel 4's Salvage Squad – a programme about restoring historical machinery – first as a participant, later as co-presenter. Whilst filming, she completed a master's degree in Conservation of Industrial Heritage and won the Association for Industrial Archaeology Student Fieldwork Award.

Claire Barratt with her black dog

Since her university days she has restored and run many different vehicles and is currently restoring a watermill in Cornwall. She is a member of Subterranea Britannica, a society which studies and records man-made underground sites.

Claire Barratt surrounded by leaves

Barratt is married to Ben, and the pair have two daughters and a pet dog.

Claire Barratt in a white backgroud

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  • Salvage Squad, Channel 4 2002–2004
  • The History Detectives, BBC 2007
  • Rory McGrath's Best of British Engineering, Series Engineer, Discovery 2006
  • Vehicleography

  • Talbot Alpine
  • Mini Clubman
  • 1968 BMC JU250 van with Cotswold camper conversion
  • Triumph Herald
  • Rover 820
  • Renault Clio
  • The Pod micro caravan
  • References

    Claire Barratt Wikipedia