Industrial Heritage in the COVID-19 Era

Here’s a brief update on my day-job as Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO) for England. September to December continued to be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with, in England, a second lockdown at short notice throughout November. All industrial archaeology and heritage sites closed once more, and many staff were put back into furlough. Consequently,…

The Archaeotea Podcasts – Series 1

Welcome to the Archaeotea Podcasts! In this new venture, I’ll be drawing on the more than 30 years of experience I have in archaeology to bring you stories of discovery and exploration from North West England and beyond. My home is Manchester, where I have spent much of my career. I’ve worked for archaeology units,…

Dig Greater Manchester Online Festival 2020

We have all had to adapt our personal and working lives to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns of 2020. In archaeology, whilst most community fieldwork has been suspended and professional archaeology fieldwork has been hidden from immediate view due to COVID restrictions, individuals, groups (such as the CBA and DigVentures), and field units (such as…

40 Years of Archaeology in Greater Manchester: the Founding of GMAU

The 21st November 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication by the UK Government of a dry-sounding document called ‘Planning Policy Guidance 16: Archaeology & Planning’. The policy covered all development that required planning permission – either as below-ground works or changes to historical, architectural, or industrially important buildings – in England and Wales.…

Archaeology North West Conference 2020 Goes Online

This year’s ‘Archaeology North West’ conference will be online. Like all organisations faced with the social distancing forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council for British Archaeology North West has had to adapt. Thus, Saturday 21st November 2020 will be the group’s first online venture. Booking can be done via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cba-north-west-autumn-conference-tickets-125937714093…

Extramural Teaching Archaeology under COVID-19

For more than 30 years I have taught archaeology courses at undergraduate, post-graduate, and extramural (adult) levels. In that time I have seen the technology in the classroom move from slide carousels and overhead projectors to laptops and digital projectors. Now, under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic there is another shift in technology, with…