After a period of inactivity the group was reinstated with a new committee at an AGM on Tuesday 9 February at the Birmingham Midland Institute.
The purpose of the Voluntary and Community Group is
Sheena Payne-Lunn (Chair)
Rob Hedge (Secretary)
More events coming soon!
Critical Mass was a joint conference hosted by CIfA and CBA on 15th October 2015 in York and aimed to bring together practitioners, volunteers and organisations to think about how we can all work together. The day was about understanding issues, finding solutions and planning actions which could have a real impact on how archaeology can develop for the benefit of everyone. The programme included speakers to inspire a number of themed discussions about archaeology, accessibility and impact. Some of the sessions were recorded and you can access them here.
Update from VCSIG Group 10 April 2012
Engaging communities with archaeology: different approaches
Organisers: 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 different 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.
IfA Voluntary and Community Special Interest Group AGM will follow the Engaging communities with archaeology: different approaches session on Wednesday 18 April.
VCSIG will also be represented in the 'After Southport' session (morning of Thursday 19 April) with Craig Spence speaking about the value of Community Archaeology.
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