The seminar will look at how Salisbury Museum's new Wessex Gallery has approached displaying archaeological objects

Places still available for archaeology seminar

Geraldine Kendall, 25.02.2015
One-day event for anyone working with archaeology collections
Limited places are still available for the Museums Association’s one-day seminar exploring the importance of archaeology for museums.

Dig it: Museums and archaeology takes place at the British Museum in London on 6 March and will explore funding opportunities, dealing with growing archives, working with community volunteers and new approaches to display. 

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

Delegates will have a chance to take part in a Q&A session on funding 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. 

Other speakers include Tim Pestell, the senior curator of archaeology at Norfolk Museums, who will share practical advice on acquiring Treasure; Mike Heyworth, the director of the Council for British Archaeology, who will discuss best practice approaches to community archaeology projects; and Adrian Green, the director of Salisbury Museum, who 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.

The MA's online publications editor Rebecca Atkinson, who is organising the event, said: "The past few years have seen some exciting developments for archaeology in museums, but at the same time funding cuts are putting this progress under threat.

"This seminar is a wonderful opportunity for anyone working with museum archaeology to explore some of those issues in greater detail and learn about how they can maximise funding opportunities and make the most of their archaeological collections. Book your place now to avoid disappointment."

The seminar has been organised in association with the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Council for British Archaeology.

Follow the event on Twitter at #MAarchaeology.


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