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…

Archaeology and Sustainability

The live-art version of my ‘archaeology and sustainability’ talk produced by Visual Minutes, for the Sustainable Stories exhibition, CUBE Gallery, Manchester, 3-6 November 2012.  I recently had the strange experience of being a live part of an interactive exhibition, as one of several individuals asked to take part in the ‘Speakers’ Corner’ session of the…

I Dig Newton

Archaeology can provide instant results and reward long, painstaking, research. The discovery of two Viking-era hoards from Lancashire and Cumbria in 2011 (the Silverdale and Furness Hoards respectively)1 provide evidence of the former and the recent community excavation at Newton Hall the latter. My association with Newton Hall goes back more years than I can…

Understanding a Revolution: the Archaeology of Industrialsiation

The launch on the 19th April of Industrial Archaeology: A Handbook by the Council for British Archaeology at the Ironbridge Gorge & Museum Trust was one of the milestones in English Heritage’s ‘Industrial Heritage at Risk Year’.1 This 12 month project, launched in October 2011, aims to undertake research to reveal how much of our…

Buckton Borderlands

On a recent trip to Edinburgh University I took the opportunity to pop into the National Museum of Scotland. The original 1860s building that houses much of the museum is a fantastic structure in its own right; behind the Romanesque brick and stone facade is a grand central exhibition hall formed by tall cast-iron frames…