The latest Greater Manchester Archaeology Day returns on Saturday 30 November 2019. As in recent years it will be held in the Peel Hall at the University of Salford and run by the Centre for Applied Archaeology in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Archaeological Federation. This year’s Brian Grimsditch Memorial lecture will be given by Dr Mike Heyworth, executive Director of the Council for British Archaeology. Details on how to book online can be found here:
2019 marks the tenth anniversary fo the establishment of the Centre for Applied Archaeology (see elsewhere on this blog) and the day will have several talks from Centre staff about recent field work in and around Greater Manchester over the last 12 months. Greater Manchester Archaeology Day was established in 2011, the same year that the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service moved to the Centre at the university of Salford.
The inspiration for both the Federation and the Archaeology Day can be traced back to the establishment of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Group, in 1979. This was the forerunner of the first version of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation, which was established in 1984. The Group, along with the newly established Greater Manchester Archaeology Unit (in 1980), ran a Greater Manchester Archaeology Day in 1981 and throughout the 1980s. So we are running into a series of celebrations with 2020 marking the 40th anniversary of professional archaeology within Greater manchester, and 2021 marking the 40th anniversary of the Greater Manchester Archaeology day, at leats as a concept. Many things have changed in those four decades and GMAD 2020 will be lookignt o capture some of those developments. Watch this space.