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…

Voluntary Archaeology Under Pressure

These are difficult times for the several thousand voluntary archaeology and heritage groups in the UK. Normal forms of interaction – monthly meetings, walks, tours, finds processing, library research, and field work – are all closing down as the CORVID-19 virus, and the measures needed to combat it, takes hold. At least three major surveys…