IfA is co-sponsoring a day conference with NIEA, National Trust and Down County Museum, to ask how archaeologists can benefit the public in Northern Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum was launched in October 2007 and its members include individuals and organisations who aim to protect, study and promote the historic environment. This free day conference will focuses on the value of archaeology in Northern Ireland to the public. We will be asking what we want to get out of developer-funded archaeology, and what impact archaeological investigation has beyond traditional audiences. We will discuss what we should be doing to increase the value of archaeological projects to local communities, and what NIAF could be doing to help.
Participants represent a broad spectrum of archaeologists, including speakers from the National Trust, Institute for Archaeologists, university academics and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. All have a key interest in discussing the issues raised above – and all are keen to hear what delegates think. We hope delegates will include archaeologists (both paid and voluntary), architectural historians, museums personnel, conservation specialists and members of the public.
After we have heard from our speakers, we will discuss some particular questions in groups to try and establish some common thoughts and to find future paths. Booking forms are available on the NIAF website, or you can download them using the links below.