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The social impact of Community Archaeology

Several CBA Community Archaeology trainees attended the Institute for Archaeologists' Conference in Birmingham between 17th and 19th April 2013. This provided an excellent opportunity to share their work with colleagues from the across the sector with poster displays, session presentations and general enthusing!

Community Archaeology trainees at the IfA Conference

Community Archaeology trainees, from left to right: Rob Hedge, Caroline Pudney, Charlie Enright, Annie Partridge, Hannah Potter and Jan Bailey. (Photo: Phil Pollard)

The social benefit of archaeology: demonstrating impact

The theme of the IfA 2013 Conference was Making waves; designing and demonstrating impact in archaeology and heritage. In a session co-organised by Kate Geary, IfA, and Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, CBA, the social impact of archaeology was addressed with respect to community engagement. In particular, it sought to explore what it is about archaeology that makes it such a good tool for reaching out to different audiences who might otherwise be classed as difficult, excluded or peripheral.

The session contributors included CBA Community Archaeology bursary holders together with participants from the further and higher educational sectors:

  • MORTARIA: Motivating Offender Rehabilitation through Archaeological Recording, Investigation and Analysis (Caroline Pudney, Cadw)
  • The unseen past: a case study in archaeology and visual impairment (Rob Hedge, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service)
  • Community archaeologist - youth engagement (Janet Bailey, Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust)
  • The Workers' Educational Association's Inclusive Archaeology Education Project (Nicola Thorpe, WEA)
  • ‘We are all archaeologists now’: heritage practice, ethics and the Faro Convention (John Schofield, University of York)
Gemma Stewart's Conference Poster

Gemma Stewart's very effective poster sharing details of her training placement with the Northumberland National Park Authority

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