Archaeology for All

The theory and practice of community archaeology

A national conference at the University of Manchester

3-4 November 2006

Conference programme and booking form now available.

* What is Community Archaeology? 
* What are the challenges and opportunities? 
* What makes archaeological projects special and unique to their community? 
* Does archaeology for all have a future?
All these questions will be explored in this major national conference in November 2006 organised by the University of Manchester and the City of Manchester, who have together taken a leading role in developing community archaeology.

The conference provides an opportunity to explore:
* what are the social, economic, tourist, educational and regenerative benefits of community archaeology? 
* how people can get involved in their own community projects 
* the role of the media 
* how to attract funds 
* the role of the professional, amateur enthusiast and volunteer 
* what is the future for community archaeology? 

This dynamic and innovative conference will enable all involved in community archaeology to present ideas, share examples of best practice and identify common problems and solutions and explore how archaeology for all might be an integral part of community life, generating a sense of pride of place and ownership about common heritage. 

There will be a variety of papers, workshops, presentations and live link ups and local groups are encouraged to hold exhibitions and displays. This conference really provides opportunities for all ages to participate. 

Who should attend? 
* The local community and community archaeological groups 
* The general public 
* National organisations with a commitment to community archaeology 
* Professionals working in community and educational archaeology 
* Academics interested in archaeology and heritage management 
* Officers, Elected Members, Policy Makers and Members of Parliament 

The Conference will be held at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The University of Manchester. There will also be interactive workshops for children at the Manchester Museum on Saturday: 10.00 - 12.00 and 1.00 - 3.00.

Friday 3rd Nov 

There will be poster exhibitions in the Manchester Museum Discovery Centre and at the conference venue, the Martin Harris Centre. The Manchester Museum will also be running interactive archaeology sessions for children on Saturday. This programme may be subject to change.

09.00-09.30 - Registration and Coffee 

09.30 - Session 1: What is Community Archaeology?  
Chaired by Gill Chitty, Council for British Archaeology (CBA) 
09.30-10.00 - Keynote speaker David Lammy MP, Minister for Culture 
10.00-10.20 - Mike Heyworth, Director, Council for British Archaeology: 'Increasing Public Participation in Archaeology' 
10.20-10.40 - Sian Jones, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, School of Arts, Histories & Cultures, University of Manchester: Title TBC 
10.40-11.00 - Liam Brady & Joe Crouch, Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies:  'Meet the Ancestors: community archaeology in the context of an indigenous ancestral spiritscape' 
11.00-11.30 - Coffee and Tea 
11.30-11.50 - Laurajane Smith, Senior Lecturer in Heritage Studies, University of York: 'Communities: negotiating memory and heritage' 
11.50-12.20 - Simon Askew, Manchester Community Archaeologist: 'Dig Manchester' 
12.20-12.40 - Discussion 
12.40-14.00 - Lunch and view exhibitions 

14.00 - Session 2: Challenges and Opportunities. 
Chaired by Nick Merriman, Director, Manchester Museum, President of the CBA
14.05-14.25 - Councillor Paul Murphy, Cabinet Member, Manchester City Council: 'Building up a head of steam'  
14.25-14.45 - Noel Fojut, Head of Archaeology Programmes & Grants Advice & Olwyn Owen, Senior Inspector, North West Team, Historic Scotland: 'Community Archaeology in Scotland - meeting needs or ticking boxes' 
14.45-15.05 - Stephen Young, Archaeological Director, Community Landscape Archaeological Survey Project: 'Slicing the Gordian Knot: the CLASP project in Northamptonshire' 
15.05-15.35 - Coffee and Tea 
15.35-15.50 - Littlemoss School Presentation 
15.50-16.10 - Clare Pye, Archivist, Manchester Museum, Dig Manchester Education Archaeologist: 'Keeping it going: education as an agent for continuity' 
16.10-16.30 - Peter Liddle, Leicestershire Community Archaeology: 'A Leicestershire Experience' 
16.30-17.00 - Julian Richards, Archaeologist, Broadcaster and Writer: 'Closing Address' 
17.00-17.20 - Discussion and end 
Saturday 4th Nov 
09.30-10.00 - Registration and Coffee 

10.00 - Session 3: Be Inspired. 
Chaired by Mike Nevell, Director, University of Manchester Archaeological Unit 
10.00-10.20 - John Hearle, Chairman of the Mellor Archaeological Trust: ' The Mellor Archaeological Project' 
10.20-10.40 - Michael Farrelly, Wythenshawe Regeneration Team: 'Partnerships and Squaring the Circle' 
10.40-11.00 - Pamela Cressey, City Archaeologist, Alexandria Archaeology: 'Community Archaeology in Alexandria, Virginia: 30 years + of preservation, protection, and participation'           
11.00-11.30 - Coffee and Tea 
11.30-11.50 - Lise Brekmoe, Project Assistant, Newport Ship Project: ' Listening to the People - community archaeology in Norway' 
11.50-12.10 - Dan Garner, Chester City Archaeology: ' The Chester Amphitheatre Project' 
12.10-12.30 - Frances Stott, Royton Local History Society: 'Royton Lives through the Ages' 
12.30-12.45 - Discussion 
12.45-14.10 - Lunch and view exhibitions 

14.10 - Session 4: The Future of Community Archaeology 
Chaired by Mike Heyworth, Director, CBA 
14.10-14.40 - Tony Jones, North West Regional Manager, Heritage Lottery Fund: 'Funding for Community Archaeology and the empowerment of Communities' 
14.40-15.00 - Darren Glazier, Director, Community Archaeology Project Quseir, Egypt: 'Growing Pains? Doing community archaeology in Quseir, Egypt' 
15.00-15.30 - Coffee and Tea 
15.30-15.50 - Performance by children, St Aidan's RC Primary School, Northern Moor 
15.50-16.10 - Don Henson, Education and Outreach Coordinator CBA: 'Future Trends for Public Archaeology' 
16.10-16.30 - Rob Isherwood, Community Archaeology Phd Student, School of Arts, Histories & Cultures, University of Manchester: 'Emerging Trends in Community Archaeology' 
16.30-17.00 - Discussion and concluding remarks 


Several groups of students from Littlemoss High School for Boys and St Aidan's RC Primary School are attending a variety of archaeology based workshops at the University of Manchester. A small team selected from these pupils will deliver a presentation at the conference explaining not only what they have learnt at these workshops but also about the impact that studying Archaeology has had on their school community.


Saturday 4th November. 
10.00 - 12.00 and 1.00 - 3.00 

No need to book.

These sessions will include opportunities to:

* Handle the artefacts from the Dig Manchester sites 
* Process the pottery 
* Talk to the archaeologists who worked on the sites 
* Consult Greater Manchester's Sites and Monuments Record