The Wessex Gallery at Salisbury Museum

Seminar to explore issues facing museum archaeology

Rebecca Atkinson, 03.02.2015
One-day event for anyone working with archaeology collections
The Museums Association is holding a one-day seminar exploring the importance of archaeology for museums, including funding opportunities, dealing with growing archives, working with community volunteers and new approaches to display.

Organised in association with the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Council for British Archaeology, Dig it: Museums and Archaeology takes place at the British Museum in London on 6 March.

The event is aimed at people working with archaeology collections and related projects. It includes a panel discussion on the problem of archaeology archives with the Museum of London’s Roy Stephenson, English Heritage’s Duncan Brown and other experts.

There will also be a funding Q&A with Fiona Talbott, the head of museums, libraries and archives at the Heritage Lottery Fund, Roger Bland, the head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and Penny Bull, the programmes manager (acquisitions) at the Art Fund.

Tim Pestell, the senior curator of archaeology at Norfolk Museums, will share practical advice on acquiring Treasure; Mike Heyworth, the director of the Council for British Archaeology, will discuss best practice approaches to community archaeology projects; and Adrian Green, the director of Salisbury Museum, will look at how the new Wessex Gallery has approached displaying archaeological objects.  

Finally, the British Museum’s Daniel Pett and Clemency Cooper will talk about two initiatives encouraging public participation in archaeology – MicroPasts and PAStExplorers.

Places are still available for the seminar, but these are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.


Dig it: Museums and Archaeology timetable and booking information