The Public Face of Archaeology in Britain (Part 1)

Session Organisers: Jenny Moore and Jim Symonds
(Sheffield University)

How public is archaeology? The general public are hugely interested in archaeology as evidenced by the popularity of Time Team, but whose responsibility is it to make archaeology accessible? Even with this kind of media coverage, archaeology is still regarded as elitist and exclusive. With proscriptive language and site hierarchy archaeology is not truly being communicated to the public. Engaging public interest in, and support for, archaeology could be critical to our future as a profession. It seems however, that only a few enlightened individuals consider this a necessity when conducting excavations, and even fewer when placed in the position of communication, either verbal or written. We need to keep in mind that archaeology is about building pictures of people in the past. The people whose past it is should be made to feel it is their archaeology and their past. The papers in this session will examine what we, as a profession, are doing to communicate archaeology to the public, and how this may be improved upon.


Peter Hinton
(Institute of Field Archaeologists, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AH)

Public Archaeology and the Public Interest

Richard Morris
(CBA, Bows Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 2UA)

What the Papers Say

Andrew Selkirk
(Current Archaeology, 9 Nassington Road, London NW3 2TX)

Archaeology and the Middle Market

Sara Champion
(Dept of Adult Continuing Education, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ)

Lifelong Learning: Adult Education as Mediator Between the Profession and the Public

Peter Stone
(Department. of Archaeology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle NE1 7RU)

Lotteries, Devolution and Education

Keith Ray
(Plymouth City Council, Environment and Planning, Civic Centre, Plymouth PL1 2EW)

The Past in Many Voices: Local Authority Archaeologists as 'Resource Managers' or as Cultural Animators