Nick Boldrini said:
>If BD was a missed opportunity (and your right it was, but then again, only
>if it is a one off) then the major amount of blame has to lie >with its
>organisers, IE Time Team, not the various people (in LA's, Societies,
>interested viewers or otherwise) who did not or could >not get involved
>because of TT mistakes.
You seem to have misunderstood my point, I am not criticising people for not
getting involved. There simply was not enough time to do so properly. That
fault lies with Time Team, but ever since the Big Dig was announced, until
the last two or three weeks the tone of all the mail on this list has been
anti-Time Team and anti-Big Dig. The connection with the loss of jobs is
that if archaeological jobs are to be protected at a local level it is
necessary that the local population are aware of and concerned about their
local heritage and have an understanding of the need to have professional
archaeologists working locally. If the archaeological profession are going
to be so utterly negative about one of the best ideas around at present to
get people taking part and thinking about the past who would not normally be
reached through the usual mediums of Societies, classes etc, they can hardly
complain if there is a lack of local interest when archaeological jobs are
cut. Jobs in archaeology are often selected when cuts are being made because
they are a soft target and neither local papers nor local people will be
bothered one way or another.
Nick also wrote
>I coordinate a volunteer group, we seem to have plenty of inquirers who
>briefly join, and then disappear when they (apparently) realise that to get
>something out it theyare going to have to put in something, like some
>Groups do have toadvertise themselves, but you can spend a lot of time
>doing this for noappreciable increase in interest, in my experience.
>acompromise/suggestion would be for TT to put details of local Socs in
>BD pack next time, or team up with The Current Archaeology directory to get
>a copy of that to all Fan club members to see if that inspires them to
Some local societies are very successful, some are not. Local Societies of
all kinds have always had a high turnover of members. What is needed is some
forum to bring together Societies to learn from each other. It could be that
the way we organise and run our Societies is out of line with what people
want and that successful societies are doing things differently. Time Team
and all the other archaeological programmes have given the amateur sector of
archaeology a window of opportunity that has generally gone unexploited.
People who are not used to joining groups will not be drawn by putting names
and addresses of Societies on a website or sending them a directory! To
use a cliched phrase we need to start thinking outside the box.