Researching Archaeology in North West England

It is eleven years since the North West Archaeological Research Framework was published (see http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/archaeology/arf/). Since then a large number of projects have taken place across the region from developer-funded work to HLF and volunteer research, whilst the period 2006 to 2017 has seen a huge amount of archaeological and built environment publications.   This…

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A Priceless but Vulnerable Asset: Valuing and Sustaining Britain’s Industrial Heritage Part 1

This year’s Association for Industrial Archaeology annual conference was held at Brighton, on the University of Sussex campus. The theme of our regular research seminar was the challenges facing the future of industrial heritage and archaeology, inspired by the 2015 European Year of Industrial Heritage. In the first of two blogs I look at the morning session…

I Dig, therefore I am

Dr Sharon Coen, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Salford, has been working on a project with the Centre for Applied Archaeology to explore the impact of community archaeology on its participants. The project, ‘I Dig therefore I am: place, identity and participation in community-based archaeology projects’ aimed to explore the role played by participating…

Blackpool’s Hidden WW1 Trenches Part 2

Week two of our community excavation, digging the WW1 training trenches under Watson Road Park, Blackpool, produced some exciting, but also difficult archaeology. After day two the weather was hot and humid. This meant that the archaeology was hard to see as the sun bleached the trenches and the sections. The team ended up praying…