On Behalf of Suzie Thomas, CBA Community Archaeology Support Officer
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Nine presentations from some of the UK's specialist community
archaeology outreach workers are now available, covering a diverse range
of projects and issues.
On Saturday 12 September, the CBA organised a workshop on community
archaeology at the Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester, in partnership with
the Leicestershire Museums Archaeological Fieldwork Group (LMAFG at
ommunity_archaeology/archaeological_fieldwork_group.htm). The intention
was to bring together professional archaeologists involved with
community archaeology and public engagement from across the UK in order
to share experiences, discuss challenges and identify some ways forward.
In addition, the CBA is keen to use the advice and experience of those
attending such events to help inform our own activities in supporting
and training the community sector.
Community Archaeology Workshop participants admiring some of Leicester's
built heritage Presentation themes included the development of Community
Archaeology in Northern Ireland, the recent formation of the Barkby
Fieldwalking Group in Leicestershire, and archaeological outreach
provision in the county of Warwickshire.
Discussions on the day were extensive and covered numerous issues. For
example, when it comes to providing training to suit the needs of
volunteers in archaeology, should there be a nationally-recognised
standard to work to? What happens to the finds collections and archives
generated by intrusive activities such as excavation and fieldwalking
when there is already a real storage challenge across the sector? And,
what can be done to increase community involvement in developer-led
archaeological work? While there are successful examples out there (such
as The Butts project in Worcester, also discussed in the workshop),
there are still barriers to participation in many developer-funded
projects, not least issues such as time constraints and health and
As often happens with such events, there were probably more questions
arising than conclusions drawn, but many of these observations will feed
into the findings and recommendations of the forthcoming CBA report on
community archaeology, due out soon.
The presentations are available to view via the Community Archaeology
Research page (http://www.britarch.ac.uk/research/community).
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