Speaking up for Industrial Archaeology

Help the Association for Industrial Archaeology save our shared industrial past. Join the Association in a training day aimed at improving our heritage campaigning skills. http://industrial-archaeology.org/aia-practical-weekend-2016-announced/ To explain further. The closure of the Snibston Mining Museum in Leicestershire late last year, the subsequent dispersal of its coal mining collection, and the imminent demolition of the…

Valuing Lancashire’s Archaeology

The campaign to save Lancashire’s Historic Environment Record database and its associated Historic Environment Service, which supplies archaeological planning advice, continues with over 960 people signing the petition here: http://www.change.org/p/marcus-johnstone-save-lancashire-s-archaeology-from-cuts This may be having some small effect for Lancashire County Council published a call inviting enquires about taking over the Historic Environment Service and undertaking some…

T25 Part 4: Iron Age Bead

Throughout the 22 years of the Tameside Archaeological Survey (1990-2012) one of the more frustrating aspects of the project, at least for me, was the lack of later prehistoric archaeology. With a PhD in the archaeology of this period in the North West this was something I was very keen to explore right from the…

Countdown to Destruction: Closing Lancashire’s HER

Lancashire’s Archaeology is on a countdown to destruction, with the 29th January 2016 the next fateful date in a slide towards the wilful obliteration of the county’s heritage. Why? Well you could look at this petiton here: http://www.change.org/p/marcus-johnstone-save-lancashire-s-archaeology-from-cuts To explain: in November 2015 I wrote, in my capacity as Chair of CBA North West, two letters to…

Castles and 3D Modelling

Originally posted on Richard the Castellan:
Recently the charity I’m a trustee of has been publicising one of its projects to produce a 3D model of Holt Castle in the county of Wrexham (or Denbighshire if you go by historic counties). I first visited Holt in 2010 with my dad when I was researching my…