Archaeology is a Political Matter Timetable

SESSION 1. Archaeology Is a Political Matter (Wednesday, 21st Dec., Lecture Theatre C)

Rob Lennox, Council for British Archaeology, Chartered Institute of Archaeologists, University of York, and Lorna-Jane Richardson Umeå University, Council for British Archaeology


09:00 – 09:10 Introduction

09:10 – 09:30 The politics of Brexit. Why archaeologists need to be concerned, Kevin Wooldridge, Freelance archaeologist

09:30 – 09:50 Quitting my archaeological job as a political deed, Marjolijn Kok, Bureau Archeologie en Toekomst, Netherlands

09:50 – 10:10 Commercial archaeology and narratives of British exceptionalism, Florence Smith Nicholls, Compass Archaeology

10:10 – 10:30 Selling a political framework for the Public Value Era, Rob Lennox, University of York

10:30 – 10:50 Breaking ground, fighting back; Unite Digging for a Living Wage, Matthew Seaver, Unite Archaeological Branch, Ireland


10:50 – 11:10 Coffee Break


11:10 – 11:30 Time to bite the hand that feeds? Or, at the very least, give it a long, hard squeeze, David Jennings, University of York

11:30 – 11:50 “Another Brick in the Wall” – Archaeological Outreach in Schools as a Political Act, Penelope Foreman, Bournemouth University

11:50 – 12:10 DNA and Soil: Archaeology, Palaeogenetics and Nationalism, Tom Booth, Natural History Museum, London

12:10 – 12:30 Where history meets legend… and produces political sparks; presenting Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, Susan Greaney, Cardiff University/ English Heritage

12:30 – 12:50 Turf Wars: Politics and Peatland Archaeology in Ireland, Ben Gearey, University College Cork, Ireland


12:50 – 13:50 Lunch Break


13:50 – 14:10 “News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising.” The need to develop Investigative Journalism in the Archaeological Media, Andy Brockman , Freelance archaeologist, Editor of the PipeLine

14:10 – 14:30 Creating a Political Base for Archaeology: The Greater Manchester Experience, Mike Nevell, University of Salford

14:30 – 15:00 Local archaeological activism: The trials of leading horses to water, Lorna Richardson and Rob Lennox, Council for British Archaeology, Local Heritage Engagement Network

15:00 – 15:20 Local archaeology for local people?, Aisling Nash, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service


15:20 – 15:50 Discussion


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