Innovation Festival


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The historic environment is rich and diverse benefiting from a wide variety of specialisms. Collaborations spanning academic, community-led and developer-funded archaeological research provide fascinating insights to our collective past often with the help of new/adapted ‘innovative’ approaches. However, implementing innovation is not always straightforward.

Our innovation festivals provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the innovative practices and approaches being undertaken across the historic environment sector, whilst tabling for wider discussion some of the identified barriers and challenges to implementing innovation in archaeological research. 

Our next week-long virtual festival will be held from 10 - 14 October 2022 and will comprise a mix of short sessions on each day along with opportunities for open discussion, CPD and knowledge transfer.

Draft timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Archaeological apprentices Dragon's Test Pit AI futures in the heritage sector Achieving net zero: where do we start? New approaches in innovative methodologies in fieldwork, assessment, and evaluation
Lunch   AGM      
Afternoon Archaeology for everyone: engaging new audiences Launch of Archwilio - the HER of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts AI
The Archaeology of salt making - the location of sites, how salt is made and relationships to coastal changes Fieldwork
Evening       Tea break  


The draft programme will be available soon. If you would like to submit a paper for the Dragon's Test Pit session, we are still accepting submissions via Microsoft Forms. Full details, including session descriptions and a draft timetable can be found here.


Registration for the Innovation Festival is now open!

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Below are links to the recorded sessions from previous festivals