It's worth mentioning that Glasgow was rated the top archaeological
department in Scotland by the Times, and the Glasgow University
Archaeology Research Department has already had to close down (although
the staff involved have resurrected it to do part of the previous work)
and that when Archaeology disappears as a separate department, there
will be no archaeological department in the whole West of Scotland.
And whilst, we are on the subject, the rumour is that the Hunterian
Museum is becoming a conference centre with a historic theme
On 25/02/2011 19:18, Blake, Hugo wrote:
> Earlier in the week I was sent an alarming message by Sally Foster,
> which I wrongly thought she had posted on BritArch.
> Apparently Glasgow university plans to merge the History and Archaeology
> departments and to reduce the archaeology staff. In comparison with what
> is happening elsewhere in the British heritage sector this may not seem
> a big deal. But, as I think there would no longer be one autonomous
> university archaeology department in Scotland, the university's decision
> would have serious consequences for Scotland's national and
> international standing, if it could not support one properly resourced
> archaeology department to provide intellectual leadership in Scotland
> and to participate in academic archaeological research in other
> countries. Perhaps if enough of us voice our concerns in this vein, the
> Scottish government may persuade the university to think again.
> I am not sure of the most effective way to do this, but the postgraduate
> students of archaeology at Glasgow have asked me to invite you to 'like'
> their Facebook page 'Love archaeology at Glasgow university' at
> versity/174134129300125 .
> Hugo Blake, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London