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:

Over the group’s 76 year history it has had to adapt many times to changes in communications’ technology. Communication in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, was via letter and telephone, with in person committee meetings several times a year. The first conference run by the Group took place in 1951. In the 1960s the conference became an annual event, and the first newsletter was published in 1964 (posted out to members). The early newsletters were just a few pages in length, but advances in cheap photocopying technology during the 1970s allowed longer newsletters to be produced, sometimes three in a year.

By the 1980s there were two annual conferences, increasingly promoted by email addresses, which arrived in the 1990s, and from 2001 via the group’s first website. The newsletter went digital in 2010 and the 2010s saw the arrival of social media and camera phones. In recent years, members have been able to follow, online and live, the Group’s two annual meetings via twitter.

2020, though, has required a greater pace of adaptation with all the Group’s activities going online, from committee meetings and grant applications to the conferences. We all look forward to being able to meet our archaeology family in person in 2021. However, it is clear than online forms of meeting are here to stay. They provide a way of expanding and widening access to the past, though getting out and exploring a historic landscape remains a central feature of archaeology.

This year’s CBA NW ‘Archaeology North West’ conference will have speakers from across the region giving a roundup of projects that have happened over the last 12 months. This includes research which CBA North West has supported through their community archaeology grants fund.

Archaeology North West 2020 Provisional Programme

10.30: Zoom registration and chat opens

10.50: Introduction

11.00: “Museum of Liverpool Emerging Archaeologists: A project to support young people in archaeology” –Vanessa Oakden, Curator of Community Archaeology Museum of Liverpool

11.30: “Recovering Roman Rubbish: the Samian Pottery from Weaver Street, Northwich”– Dr Mike Nevell, Chair of South Trafford Archaeology Group

12.00: Comfort Break

12.30: “New Discoveries at Cinder Hill: Early smithing on Holcombe Moor” – Neil Coldrick, Dig Director, Holcombe Moor Heritage Group

13.00: “The Movable Chantry Chapel: Graves as mobile inventory in the time of Henry VIII, Wilmslow Cheshire” – Dr Birgitta Hoffman,

13:30: Questions and Close


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