The point of my note to the list, Helen, was to criticise the comments by an
EH member of staff quoted in British Archaeology, which implied that the
underlying "problem" with the public interpretation of Seahenge was caused
by the attitudes of museum staff and museum professionals in general to
I was hoping that my sarcastic comment would initiate a discussion about
what Archaeology should do with it's finds, the public interpretation of the
same, and how excavations should plan the preservation of artefacts etc. As
usual though on this list, any mention of the words "seahenge", "IFA" or
"Time Team", quickly degrade into attempts at flaming the person who first
brought it up, and inane comments like "have you ever been to Norfolk".
I'm quite aware of the situation and complexities down in Norfolk (the
Museum world being quite small), but, as people on this list who know me
will tell you, I've never been afraid to "vent my spleen" in the defence of
my profession... regardless of whether you personally think they are right
Finally though, having subscribed to this list for some two years, I'm no so
fed up with the minimal level of debate and back-biting on Britarch that I'm
now going to unsubscribe... and spend my time on lists which actually have
PS Norfolk : That's near London, right ;-)
----- Original Message -----
From: helen evans <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: 07 March 2001 19:09
Subject: Re: Seahenge can't find a home...
> >So there I was, getting back to work at the Museum after being away
> >for a sick relative), when my eyes fell on an article in "British
> >Archaeology" (Feb 2001, News section)...
> >Seems that the problem with Seahenge is that poor old EH can't get those
> >evil Museum people to take it into their museum collection, or spend lots
> >the endless money museums have on building a purpose-made museum for it
> >Talk about passing the buck and blaming some-one else for your mistake.
> >Mark Simmons
> I think you would be better off venting your spleen about something you
> know about. never believe what you read in the press. might one suspect
> its a little more complicated than that? and lets not start another trite
> discussion based on a limited knowledge of the circumstances. have you
> ever been to Norfolk?