Archaeology, communities and the public
The Institute for Public Understanding of the Past ran a fantastic half day of talks titled: Archaeology and the material past in the public realm. Here is a little of the twitter chatter that took the conference beyond the (packed) room...
- On a chilly November afternoon in York, archaeologists of many kinds gathered at the University of York's Department of Archaeology for a half-day conference titled: Archaeology and the material past in the public realm organised by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP). The event was co-sponsored by York Archaeological Trust.
The day's programme included a keynote from history broadcaster Michael Wood and talks from archaeologists with a diverse experience of community and public engagement work.
I (Pat Hadley) arrived with Lorna Richardson, Don Henson and Ruth Whyte. All of us on twitter with various levels of engagement (read addiction). As Lorna and I were familiar with how poor the twitter use at archaeology conferences tends to be we had little optimism that live tweeting would be particularly appreciated.
- I immediately messed up my twitter etiquette by forgetting the hashtag....
- But, then a pleasant surprise! Hugh Corley was also in the audience and began to help the cause:
- Hugh also tweets for the official English Heritage account, and massively amplified our reach by using this account too
- And apparently we were being heeded.
- The room filled up fast:
- There were some concerns from the audience that despite it's great successes a more balanced view of the project might be needed:
- Many picked up on the techniques and issues the project had dealt with:
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