Events archive

Archaeology and Placeshaping - why it is time to re-evaluate what we mean by developer led archaeological mitigation

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Neil Redfern, Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England, will be sharing findings from the A1 project.

Selling Museums

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dr Jamie Larkin examines commercial activity in the context of the museum; should it be resisted or embraced?

Mapping the Resilience of the York Historic Centre to Enhance the Community Local Flood Culture

Friday 16 February 2018

Historic built heritage is the tangible expression of the culture of a place. It represents the identity of a community in relation to its historical inheritance, aesthetic canons and system of beliefs. Natural disasters, such as flooding, constitute a violent interruption to the continuity of these tangible and intangible values. In this context of exceptional cultural emergency, community participation and the understanding of a local risk culture are considered key in the promotion of preventive measures and in reducing disaster vulnerability.

Digital Field Recording

Friday 16 February 2018

Digital Field Recording

Textile Conservation at the People's History Museum

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Jenny van Enckevort will be discussing conservation at the People's History Museum.

DIGIFACTS: Engaging with 3D Digital and Printed Replicas of Artefacts inside Museums

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco presents the DIGIFACTS project, showing how new technologies affect museum practices and improve our understanding of how people perceive and interact with artefacts through different media, such as visual examination of original artefacts inside display cases, 3D digital replicas, and 3D prints.

On traces and reflexivity. Preliminary results for a comparative study of British approaches to excavation.

Friday 9 February 2018

In the last twenty years there has been a fruitful epistemic debate regarding field practice in Britain. Among the commonest topics are the interpretative nature of excavation and the standardization of recording forms. These polemics have been raised by three main factors: The emergence of commercial archaeology, the utter predominance of single-context recording and the professionalization of diggers, particularly since the PPG16 era.

Telling Time: Oscar Montelius and Britain

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Emilie Sibbesson, senior lecturer at Canterbury CC University, will share findings from the Telling Time project, which explores the history of archaeology and the influential legacy of Oscar Montelius.

The Duality of Heritage Epistemology: Understanding Time, Space and Heritagisation in Nigeria

Friday 2 February 2018

Until heritage is considered and understood based on the cosmological apprehension of time and space across cultures, achieving democratic inclusion in heritage management will remain an illusion

Cancelled - York Seminar Series 31st Jan

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Sadly the YSS talk is cancelled for 31st Jan, but please join us next week for some history of archaeology.


Tuesday 30 January 2018


Rare earth elements: An innovative tool for field archaeologists developed by the MATRIX project.

Friday 26 January 2018

Gianni Gallello explains how the MATRIX project has developed an effective tool to understand how natural and human activities are reflected in archaeological layers, using rare earth elements.

Hidden Manchester: excavating industrial workers’ housing in the Victorian Shock City

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology at the University of Salford, will discuss excavations of workers' housing in Manchester and how archaeology can challenge our understanding of industrial Britain.

“It’s smaller than I thought”: Stonehenge in Virtual Reality

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Historic England's Head of Imaging, Paul Backhouse, examines how virtual reality can be used to present a prehistoric site to the public.

Virtual Reality and Storytelling for Viking Archaeology

Wednesday 17 January 2018

York's Gareth Beale will be discussing the potential of virtual reality in presenting archaeological findings.

Creating spaces for inter-subjectivity: designing for dialogue and empathy in exhibitions about migration

Tuesday 16 January 2018

This talk will explore the opportunities and the challenges that arise from the use of digital technologies and critical design in heritage and museum settings to engender dialogue around the sensitive topic of migration, drawing on the design process and the visitor experiences of the digital installation ‘Sit with Me’ in the permanent exhibition ‘Destination Tyneside’ in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Raising Horizons Exhibition Launch

Thursday 11 January 2018

Two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history is celebrated through captivating portraits: 14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology pose as their historic counterparts, each representing a moment in time.

Happy Hour: Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

Friday 8 December 2017

A unique archaeological and environmental sound composition

Should archaeology be taught in high schools?

Friday 24 November 2017

I will discuss whether archaeology is in or out of the Estonian school system and present my research results.

Deep Mapping in Cardigan Bay

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Erin Kavanagh will be discussing a multidisciplinary project exploring Cardigan Bay's heritage, bringing together work from academics and amateurs, locals and visitors.

Thinking differently? Autism and prehistoric art

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Disability History Month Lecture

Designing and Using Digital Games as Historical Learning Contexts

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Juan Hiriart discusses the connections between digital gaming and historical engagement and education.

Archaeology of the core: A new perspective on late Holocene sea-level change in the Northern Adriatic. A case study of an inundated prehistoric settlement in Zambratija Bay, Croatia.

Friday 17 November 2017

The lecture will be showing some of the results from the investigations on an inundated site in the Croatian Adriatic.

La Cotte de St Brelade and the Neanderthal archaeology of La Manche

Wednesday 15 November 2017

(5:30 pm start) Chantal Conneller and Matt Pope will be discussing the Palaeolithic archaeology of Jersey and the English Channel region.

Why does heritage research need Historic England? Why does Historic England need heritage research?

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Steve Trow will outline the role that Historic England plays in heritage research, some recent achievements and its direction of travel.

Egyptology expert Professor Joann Fletcher plays Assassin's Creed: Origins

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Watch live as an archaeologist explores the gorgeous locations of Cleopatra's Egypt, some based on real-life sites!

Other Cargoes: British Slave Ships and the Transportation of African Flora, Fauna and Artefacts 1680-1807

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Dr Jane Webster will be discussing the archaeology of slave ships.

Compost cities: urban decay, music, revolution and rebellion

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Greg Keeffe examines urban life and the Madchester Music scene, arguing that it was the failure of modernist town planning that inadvertently created the perfect physical environment for the development of youth culture.

One Moment in Time: How can archaeologists study events?

Friday 3 November 2017

Is it possible to have an archaeological analysis of an event that lasted for around five hours on the 16th August 1819?

A BAJR guide to life, the universe and everything (within an archaeological context)

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Nearly 20 years after the rise of BAJR – David Connolly, its founder, will look at the changing conditions, values and technology that shape archaeology today.

Conservation in Construction: how old buildings are made to matter

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Thomas Yarrow discusses his ethnographic work with building professionals and owners of historic buildings, looking at the ideas which underpin historic conservation.

“Lost in transition” – tracing human responses to climatic and environmental change in the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in north-western Europe

Friday 27 October 2017

My PhD project questions the artificial division between Palaeolithic, glacial archaeology and Mesolithic, post-glacial archaeology, while offering a broader European perspective on human adaptations to climate change.

The Heritage Jam 2017: a celebration of heritage outside the lines!

Friday 27 October 2017

The Heritage Jam 2017 Online: 18 September - 26 October In-Person: 27-28 October

Making Heritage: The Garage Manifesto

Thursday 26 October 2017

An exploration of garages in the former East Germany

Urban prehistory: a beginner's guide

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Dr Kenny Brophy will explore the role of prehistoric sites surviving in urban areas.

Curated Decay: Subtle Ambush or Slippery Slope?

Tuesday 24 October 2017

What new relationships with the past (and the future) might emerge from a heritage practice that works with — rather than against — transience and decay? Caitlin DeSilvey discusses her book 'Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving'.

The Rock-Art Landscapes of Rombalds Moor, West Yorkshire

Friday 20 October 2017

This study examines the views and the intervisibilities of rock-art sites on Rombalds Moor, and is a landscape- and fieldwork-based study of all the sites on Rombalds Moor.

Having a whale of a time: Neolithic, and later, finds at Cata Sand, Sanday, Orkney

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dr Vicki Cummings will discuss the latest findings from Orkney, where insights into both Neolithic and 19th Century life have been revealed.

Understanding geomorphological controls on Palaeolithic artefact distribution: A geoarchaeological approach to Wadi Dabsa, Saudi Arabia.

Friday 13 October 2017

Understanding geomorphological controls on Palaeolithic artefact distribution: A geoarchaeological approach to Wadi Dabsa, Saudi Arabia.

Excavating Shakespeare’s Shoreditch - The Archaeology of London’s First Theatreland

Wednesday 11 October 2017

MOLA's senior archaeologist Heather Knight will discuss excavations of a 16th century playhouse.

Quotidian utopia: Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence and the heritage of love

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Tracy Ireland argues that Istanbul's 'Museum of Innocence' imagines a Utopian future for heritage and museums which is centred on the constitution of empathic, materially mediated experiences of the everyday, and discusses what this means for heritage in the future.

What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding magnetometer data?

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Dr Chris Gaffney will explore the current and future role of geophysical surveys in archaeology.

CPD Short Course—Hot Mixed and Other Traditional Mortars for Conservation and Repair

Friday 22 September 2017

Lime has been used in building for millennia but its use in conservation is undergoing a revolution. This one-day course will help understand current research and best practise and how this is developing new approaches to traditional mortars for conservation and repair.

CPD Short Course—Digital Recording in Conservation and Heritage

Friday 15 September 2017

Digital recording is increasingly used in conservation and heritage for widening engagement and participation. This one-day course will help understand current approaches, research and best practice in digital recording for archaeological, conservation and heritage projects.

CPD Short Course—Digital Engagement in Conservation and Heritage

Thursday 14 September 2017

Digital media is increasingly used in conservation and heritage for widening engagement and participation. This one-day course will help understand current research and best practise in digital and social media for archaeological, conservation and heritage projects.

CPD Short Course—Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

Friday 8 September 2017

Energy efficiency is a key priority but poses particular issues for Historic Buildings. This one-day course will help to understand the relevance and apply the principles of the sustainable retrofit of traditional and historic buildings.

Life and Death in Post-Medieval Norway: a project analysing 17th-18thC burials from Kristiansand Cathedral

Thursday 7 September 2017

Yvonne F. Willumsen's presents the first scientific investigation of a post-medieval population​ from Norway​

Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

Saturday 26 August 2017

Exploring the history of Creswell Crags through sound