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Engaging communities with archaeology: different approaches

Organisers: Suzie Thomas and Craig Spence

Group: IfA Voluntary and Community Special Interest Group

How can community engagement projects offer wide-ranging and innovative ways in interact with archaeological heritage? Often the most successful engagements come through partnership work. Through the papers presented, communities will be at the centre of the projects discussed, rather than simply presenting archaeological projects which featured a community element as an ‘added extra’. In particular, we will explore diff¬erent outcomes of community projects, such as encouraging well-being; generating senses of stewardship towards local heritage assets at risk of damage from unauthorised development, neglect, or crime; or engendering greater social inclusion.

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