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…

Saving the Silverdale Hoard

  The news that the Silverdale Viking hoard has been bought for the nation and will go on permanent display in Lancashire is the culmination of the work of many organisations. This positive outcome is particularly cheering for me since CBA North West had an important role to play. The initial discovery of 201 pieces…

Embracing the Community

As archaeologists how do we embrace community engagement? How do we ensure that there is heritage access for all? And what are the challenges and opportunities for community archaeology in the future? These three questions were debated at a one day seminar on Community Archaeology at York University November 2011 and were brought to my…

Conferencing Archaeology

One of the traditional ways in which fresh archaeological information is brought to the public is through the conference. This may seem quaint in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Skype, but it expresses the need, indeed necessity, of direct contact and debate with colleagues (professional and voluntary) from the discipline. According to a Council…

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…