The Archaeology of Manchester in 20 Digs – Book No. 48

This year, 2020, marks forty years since the first professional archaeological unit was founded in Manchester. It seemed appropriate, then, to write a book reviewing the emerging understanding of the city’s archaeology and history through some of the most significant excavations undertaken. Fortunately, the wonderful commissioning editors at Amberley Publishing thought it was a good…

Helping to Save England’s Industrial Heritage: My Day in Archaeology as Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England

This year’s Council for British Archaeology Festival is a two-part affair with a nine-day digital festival in July to be followed by physical events in October/November. As a response to the COVID-19 impact on archaeology and heritage this has been inspired. I have been able to contribute several items: an online interview on the impact…

Park Bridge Ironworks: Engaging with Industrial Heritage on the rural fringes of Manchester – a Twitter Paper

At the beginning of July the I was lucky enough to be involved with ‘Shaped by Steel’ twitter conference run by the ‘Social Worlds of Steel‘ project at Swansea University. Nine sessions and 27 papers spread over two days (1st to 2nd July 2020) covered topics ranging from landscapes, place, and worker identities to climate…