Today marks a pivotal moment for British archaeology as over 100 historic environment practitioners converge at the Museum of London Docklands to discuss ways of increasing public benefits from archaeological practice.
During a two-day series of workshops, initiated by the Southport Group, participants from across the heritage spectrum will explore new means of furthering understanding and sharing the significance of the historic environment with clients and the public.
The workshops cover a range of topics, catering to the diverse needs of the built, buried and underwater sectors. The first workshop was chaired by IfA Chief Executive Peter Hinton and looked at ways of achieving better quality in delivery. Others on the panel included Stewart Bryant (Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers) and Richard Morrice (Institute of Historic Building Conservation).
Other speakers include members of the Southport Group and specialists from within the sector. The Southport Group is a group of professionals within the industry who have formed a working party to think creatively and radically about how those involved in development-led investigation and understanding of the historic environment can make improvements in all areas of practice to deliver consistent excellence in public benefit. The group was formed at IfA’s 2010 conference in Southport, and has spent the months since the conference developing a project and refining its scope with major stakeholders, including English Heritage.
Workshop discussions will lead to a report, to be published in April 2011, setting out a road map for change.
Further information on the Southport Group and the seminars can be found at http://www.archaeologists.net/Southport
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