Dig Greater Manchester Two Years In

Assessing the impact of community archaeology projects is something that archaeologists have been grappling with for years, and a central feature of Dig Greater Manchester which completes its second year next month. The jargon in the profession often focuses around top-down and bottom-up projects (guided and empowered might be friendlier terms), whilst press coverage captures…

Embracing the Community

As archaeologists how do we embrace community engagement? How do we ensure that there is heritage access for all? And what are the challenges and opportunities for community archaeology in the future? These three questions were debated at a one day seminar on Community Archaeology at York University November 2011 and were brought to my…

Archaeology and Sustainability

The live-art version of my ‘archaeology and sustainability’ talk produced by Visual Minutes, for the Sustainable Stories exhibition, CUBE Gallery, Manchester, 3-6 November 2012.  I recently had the strange experience of being a live part of an interactive exhibition, as one of several individuals asked to take part in the ‘Speakers’ Corner’ session of the…

Conferencing Archaeology

One of the traditional ways in which fresh archaeological information is brought to the public is through the conference. This may seem quaint in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Skype, but it expresses the need, indeed necessity, of direct contact and debate with colleagues (professional and voluntary) from the discipline. According to a Council…