Destroying Lancashire’s Archaeology

Lancashire County Council have announced (November 2015) huge cuts to their services. Amongst the many services to be closed (including five museums such as Queen Street Mill above) is a proposal to close the Lancashire Historic Environment Service. This will leave the county without any controls over archaeology threatened by development, just as happened in Liverpool between…

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…

Celebrating the work of the South Trafford Archaeology Group

This year’s annual Festival of British Archaeology is nearly upon us. Running from 14 July to 29 July, and coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, this is a chance to celebrate some of the best sites, organisations and finds in British archaeology, through more than 750 dedicated events including behind the scenes tours, walks,…

Valuing Historic Landscapes

How do we value historic landscapes? This thought struck me on a recent Spring break in Sussex, standing shivering on the downlands above the Roman villa at Bignor, the mist creeping over the top of the escarpment and the air cold enough to turn each sigh into dragon’s breadth. There are of course many formal…