Excellent post Peter, the same runs true for metal detecting, very few new
generations British within the hobby, although I have say that the few that
do participate that I have dealt with hold a noticably high and genuine
level of interest in the history of this country.
I do wonder if the segregation that our multi culture society encourages
suggests that the majority of new gen British are brought up in close knit
communities where adherance to their own culture is encouraged/demanded with
little scope for exploring that of their adoptive country.
I am not suggesting there is anything wrong with embracing an ancestoral
culture, but I do sometimes feel that a bit more integration would help
encourage a wider interest and understanding of ones 'new' country.
I also think this can be true of ex pat Brits living abroad.
Just a thought.
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From: "McCrone, Peter (NE)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Was Bonekickers - Inclusive archaeology
Possibly worth a new discussion on this one - how much interest is there in
archaeology from people whose family background is not British for more than
a couple of generations? We all have funny stories about the Yanks coming
over seeking their heritage (although the concept of people from emigrant
families having European heritage is perfectly reasonable) but what about
the groups whose family background is not European. I have met one black
and one asian digger in my time. I have also run 'Living History' days in
the museum in Preston where there is a large population with origins in the
Indian subcontinent and of the hundreds of visitors to these there have been
one group of 4 Asian kids (I lived in fear of their mothers coming after
me - kids turned out in spotless white cotton trousers and shirts on a "hand
made pottery" day!), at best one or two family groups, and one Chinese man
and his daughter (the man carefully decorated his little coil pot with the
swastika pottery stamp!). I also had an asian postgrad student who did a
project on the recent history of the Asian community in Burnley as part of a
Heritage Interpretation module - looking at the last 40 years or so rather
than further back. And one young asian woman and a couple in a ECWS
Frankly I have no idea on what to do or how to do it in terms of engagement
with non-British ethnic communities. I suspect that what is needed is a lot
more detail on case studies and ideas rather than "inclusivity workshops".
I don't even know if "ethnic minorities" whose family background is not
British care about what we see as important or significant in heritage
terms. I use the term in quotation marks as the various "native"
ethnicities in Britain view different parts of the archaeology and heritage
differently and groups who have come from the former British colonies will
probably view different aspect differently from each ethnicities perspective
(and there will be a difference between the descendants of the white British
settlers and the native populations and between "white" colonies like Canada
and African countries for example) and diferently again to groups from
Any thoughts and discussions on this would be helpful.
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On Behalf Of Paul Driscoll
Sent: 17 July 2008 13:25
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Subject: [BRITARCH] Bonekickers
I have been reading the various posts related to Bonekickers over the last
week or so and having missed the first episode I saw the second on
Tuesday. The majority of posts have been overwhelmingly negative but the
few positive posts relate to the benefit archaeology may receive through
Having seen the last show and considering two of the main characters are
black, should Bonekickers prove to be an enduring success will it have an
impact on the number of ethnic minority students taking up archaeology?
Despite the many complaints the program has received, if it can achieve
this when other programs have seemingly failed (and please correct me if I
am wrong in this assumption as I rarely watch television but have not
noticed a dramatic increase in people from ethnic backgrounds entering
archaeology) surely that can only be a good thing despite the many
complaints that people have?
p.s. sorry if this has already been seen and read - having email issues
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