Excavating Peterloo

Picture the scene on a summer’s day: tens of thousands of protesters campaigning for the vote; a government fearing revolution; the army brought into to break up a large rally; hundreds of protestors injured and dozens killed. This situation is not Cairo in 2013 but Manchester in 1819. August 16th marked the anniversary of the…

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…

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…

What’s the Point of Recording 20th Century Industrial Archaeology?

Conferences are one of the ways in which archaeology refreshes itself, through presenting new work, challenging orthodoxy and making new linkages between data and colleagues. This year’s Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) research seminar, part of the Association’s annual conference, had the theme of ‘Archaeological Work on 20th Century Industrial Sites’. 1 All the speakers…