My Archaeology Adult Education Courses for Autumn 2021

In September, October, and November 2021 I will be teaching three archaeology adult education classes. Firstly, in the latest series of my tours of the industrial archaeology remains of North West England, I’ll be talking about the Industrial Archaeology of Cumbria. This will be an online course run by the Workers Education Association. Secondly, I’ll…

Altrincham’s Forgotten Castle: Watch Hill

Watch Hill castle is one of the oldest and most important archaeological sites in Trafford, being first protected as a scheduled monument in February 1978. It also has the honour of being the first archaeological site entered on the Greater Manchester Sites and Monuments Record, now the Greater Manchester Historic Environment Record, when this was…

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…

Prehistoric Mellor – Living on the Edge: Free Book Download

The COVID-19 pandemic has a brought a temporary halt to voluntary and community archaeology fieldwork in Britain, although many groups have continued to undertake post-excavation work and documentary research. Some organisations such as the Council for British Archaeology and DigVentures have innovated in providing online resources and festivals. There is always a backlog of fieldwork…