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A comprehensive list detailing various conferences, which will be taking place over the next few months.

*Any events posted on here are subject to change - please contact the event organisers with any queries

Digital Skills Day

10 June, 10am - 5pm

The Arts Marketing Association have announced a free online training day to help anyone working or volunteering for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to build their digital skills and engage new & more diverse audiences. 
This is open to heritage organisations in the broadest sense from GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) organisations;?to community archaeology, heritage societies, botanical gardens, heritage transport and historical monuments. 
Topics covered include: 

  • Digital Strategy 
  • Analytics and Storytelling 
  • Website User Experience 
  • Effective Emails 
  • Volunteers 
  • Social Media 

Book your free place. 

Digital Skills Day is part of the Digital Heritage Lab programme which is project managed by the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy/Cause4, One Further and the Collections Trust; and is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Intertwined Histories: The Legacies of Colonialism and Empire

June 18 - 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Organised by the Danielle Wilson Higgins, Communications and Events Manager and Dr Linda Grant, Governance Officer, with support from the Equality and Diversity Working Group

Last year saw a shift in the way Society views and engages with contested heritage and this seminar will encompass 6 short papers (20/5minutes) on each of the key themes: The UK and Slavery; The UK and Colonialism; Diversity in UK Heritage; International Perspectives; and Literary Contexts and will end with a keynote paper by Raksha Dave.

This will be the launch event for a series of panel discussions in 2021/2 on different themes prominent within these discussions; The UK and Slavery; The UK and Colonialism; Diversity in UK Heritage; International Perspectives; and Literary Contexts.

This event will take place online only.

1.oo: Welcome by Nathalie Cohen FSA, Equality and Diversity Working Group.

1.10: International Perspectives: Goodna Girls: A History of Children in a Queensland Mental Asylum by Dr Adele Chynoweth FHEA OAM, Centre for Heritage & Museum Studies, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, The Australian National University

1.40: The UK and Slavery: Museums and Social Justice: Taking a Stand by Dr Richard Benjamin, Head, International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool.

2.10: The UK and Colonialism: Entangled histories: Britain and Jamaica in slavery days and beyond by Professor Catherine Hall, Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership, Department of History, UCL

2.40: Diversity in UK Heritage: Colonialism, Empire and the London blue plaque scheme by Howard Spencer, Senior Historian, Blue Plaques, English Heritage

3.10: Literary Contexts: Haunted by History: Reading ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ in 2021 by Dr Linda Grant, Governance Officer, Society of Antiquaries of London

3.40: Music History and Black Performance: African American Musical History: Its interface with the Americas, Europe and the world by Josephine Beaton, Nubian Jak Community Trust

5.00: Keynote Paper: Why representation matters by Raksha Dave

  • Registration is essential.
  • Open to anyone to join, Fellows and Non-Fellows.
  • Once you have registered we will be in touch regarding how you can join via Zoom video-calling.
  • The event will also be live-streamed to YouTube here, so you can watch along if you prefer
  • Places through zoom will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • These event will begin at 13.00, BST.
  • You will receive an email with the link to join the seminar the Friday before.
  • Attendees’ cameras and microphones will be off throughout.
  • Questions can be asked through the chat function at the end of each session.
For more information and event registration please click the link here.

Tintagel in Late Antiquity - Recent Excavations and Research


This is a two-day conference organised by English Heritage at Truro College, Cornwall, followed by a half-day field trip to Tintagel Castle.

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, is a site of international importance thanks to the remarkable archaeological evidence for a citadel and trading port in Late Antiquity. This conference will draw together the results of a major four-year research project, which included the first excavations since those by Glasgow University in the 1990s.

The conference papers will present results of the Tintagel Castle Archaeological Research Project. Speakers will include archaeologists from English Heritage, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Historic England and several universities.

We have kept the ticket price as low as possible: it includes the conference fee and refreshments. There will be a social event on the Thursday night (with a reasonable additional cost) if you'd like to come.

Do make use of Visit Truro, or any other website, to book your own accommodation:

To book tickets for the conference please use this link:

Fifth Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture: 2021

Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Myths and realities of an iconic past

By Professor Sue Hamilton (UCL Institute of Archaeology, London)

Tuesday 26 October 2021 7:00pm (Displays and networking from 6:30pm)

This free public lecture will be delivered live in the Fusion Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University BH12 5BB and also available via Zoom.

For further details, registration, and updates please visit the Eventbrite page at:

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is a small, remote, volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, some 2500 km from its nearest neighbour and 4000km from mainland Chile. Its extreme isolation has governed its past and ongoing existence. Many myths and enigmas about Rapa Nui have been generated by the records of early explorers, folk memories surviving from a population that had declined to about 250 people by 1915, sensationalised concepts of self-induced eco-disaster, and by the public’s fascination with the idea of societal collapse associated with the demise of an iconic tradition of colossal statue construction (AD 1200 and 1550). Today, Rapa Nui’s population of about 6000 gains much of its income from heritage tourism. It is faced with highly challenging issues of sustaining a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site which is undergoing physical erosion on an alarming scale. Over much of the past decade Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project, funded by The British Academy and AHRC, has considered these issues and the results and future development of the project will be discussed in this lecture. The lecture will also consider how Rapa Nui’s living heritage, past and present, has complex social, ideological, and ecological interfaces that need to be understood and addressed on an island-wide scale and within a Polynesian context.


Professor Sue Hamilton is Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology in London, its first female director. Her early research focused on prehistoric ceramics. Following appointment as a lecturer at the University of North London, and then UCL, she established two major UK landscape projects: the Caburn Hillfort and its South Downs Landscape, and the Bronze Age Landscapes of Bodmin Moor Project. More recently Sue has been advancing the application of phenomenology and sensory archaeology beyond their traditional boundaries with the Tavoliere Gargano Later Prehistory Project in southern Italy with Ruth Whitehouse. This was recently published as Neolithic Spaces: Social and Sensory Landscapes of the First Farmers of Italy. Overlapping with this she established, with Colin Richards, the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Landscapes of Construction Project, which brings innovative methodologies and interpretative approaches to Pacific Studies. The project provides the first integrated response to the island’s 1996 inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, combining landscape survey and environmental studies on an island-wide basis.

The lecture is presented by the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in association with the Prehistoric Society.

The annual Pitt Rivers Lecture was established in 2017 as part of the celebrations marking 50 years of archaeological and anthropological teaching and research at Bournemouth University and its predecessor institutions. It is organized by staff and students, and presented in association with the Prehistoric Society. The lecture celebrates the achievements of General Pitt Rivers (1827– 1900), a distinguished Dorset-based archaeologist and anthropologist whose descendants still live in the area and have close connections with Bournemouth University.

Previous Pitt Rivers Lectures:

2017 - Richard Bradley (University of Reading) “Pitt Rivers as pioneer”

2018 - Alison Sheridan (National Museums Scotland) “Long before Brexit….”

2019 - Ruth Tringham (University of California, Berkeley, USA) “Fire: Friend or fiend?”

2020 - Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum) “The origins of our species”.

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