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Dan Snow becomes CBA President

Historian, broadcaster and television presenter, Dan Snow was inaugurated as the new President of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) at the organisation's AGM at the British Academy in London yesterday.

Dan Snow President of the CBA. Image copyright BBC

Dan will be the CBA's frontman for public engagement programmes such as the UK-wide community project recording the physical remains of the First World War and its Home Front, and the annual Festival of Archaeology. He has pledged to support archaeology during these challenging times, when widespread cuts to archaeology, heritage and museum services are creating black holes in planning protection and putting our archaeological heritage at risk across the UK.

He will be working with the CBA’s team to appeal to the voluntary community and the wider public to encourage participation in archaeology and appreciation of the role they can play in helping to preserve and celebrate our past. Mobilising the huge public support for archaeology is a key role for the CBA in the coming years.

Dr Mike Heyworth, Director of the CBA comments: “In these tough times it becomes more important than ever for the voice of those who want to defend and preserve our heritage to be heard. We are therefore delighted that we can add the powerful voice of broadcaster Dan Snow to our own as he takes up the position of president and spokesperson for the council. He will bring energy and enthusiasm to our work in support of our archaeological heritage””

Dan Snow comments: “The CBA does great work in getting people into history in a hands-on and engaging way. We have some serious challenges ahead of us and in this role I intend to make the UK sit up and take notice of the threat to our heritage which is growing every day - and get more active in its defence.”

The 'History Guy’ Dan Snow takes an active role in engaging the public in the past, and is particularly fascinated by conflict archaeology, working with his father, Peter Snow, on the BBC 2 series and book 20th Century Battlefields and currently one of the presenters of the popular BBC 2 series Dig WW2. Dan has a first class honours degree in modern history from Balliol College, Oxford and military history is his passion. He is an Honorary Colonel of the Territorial Army. He is particularly looking forward to spearheading the Physical Legacies of the First World War and its Home Front project.

Dan has worked with the CBA before, supporting the Young Archaeologists' Club some years ago by descending into a Roman sewer under the streets of York during the Festival of Archaeology.

At the same event Dr Jane Grenville, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of York, became the new Chair of Trustees. Dr Mike Nevell, who is currently Chair of CBA North West, Head of Archaeology at Salford University, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the Institute for Archaeologists was elected as a Trustee. Prof Siân Jones and Prof David Stocker were re-elected for further terms as Trustees.

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