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Your DIG - Working Towards a Model of Participatory Interpretation

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 5.30PM to 18:45

Speaker(s): Jen Jackson

Your DIG, York Archaeological Trust’s Community Engagement Programme, is a series of collaborative exhibitions highlighting a range of community-led initiatives from across York and the wider Yorkshire region. Hosted at “DIG, An Archaeological Adventure” in York, the Your DIG exhibitions are a platform for local people to show off their own adventures in archaeology to visitors.

YAT recently worked with participants from Converge (a partnership between York St John University and local mental health service providers) to devise, develop and co-curate a Your DIG exhibition. Together we explored a site archive excavated in 1972 using drama, artwork, music and creative writing to make interpreting archaeological evidence a fun and engaging experience.

This presentation will explore the participatory interpretation techniques used during this and other Your DIG projects and will consider what is next for the program.


Jen Jackson is an archaeologist who worked for the Portable Antiquities Scheme as the FLO for Kent and Medway for 8 Years. Jen joined The York Archaeological Trust as their Community Engagement Manager in 2016. In this role, she uses participatory practices to co-curate community-led exhibitions that explore archaeological evidence in the Trust’s attractions, at community venues and on archaeological excavations.


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Location: K/159

Admission: Free