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New research posts launched to investigate York’s archaeology and archives

Posted on 27 June 2013

City of York Council and the University of York have announced three Collaborative Doctoral Awards to investigate the city’s archaeology and the City Archive.

The new research posts, which will be jointly funded and supervised by the University and the Council, will also look at how community involvement in both can be embraced.

All three PhD awards are funded by the Art and Humanities Research Council. Two will be in Archaeology and co-supervised by Dr John Schofield, from the University of York’s Department of Archaeology and by John Oxley, City of York Council’s Archaeologist. The third will be in History and co-supervised by Dr Sarah Rees Jones, Director of the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York, and by Richard Taylor, City of York Council’s Archivist.

York’s extraordinary wealth of archaeological and archival material means that these three awards are designed to study ways of encouraging and supporting wider public participation in the city's heritage, archaeology and archives

Dr Sarah Rees-Jones

Using York’s unique resources and sites, the three closely-related projects will together make a critical assessment of contemporary heritage values. They relate to the city’s built environment, its buried archaeological resource and the City Archive in relation to national and international criteria on the one hand, and to community-led views and values on the other. They will explore the complex relations that exist between heritage and community, and how these can be better aligned to serve contemporary society as heritage becomes more community driven.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “By gathering hard evidence on the value of the city’s archaeology and archives to local people, the researchers will show how it can support our community cohesion, tourism, wellbeing and education agendas as an example to other cities. I’m delighted that these research opportunities will also utilise officer expertise.”

Dr Rees Jones said: “York’s extraordinary wealth of archaeological and archival material means that these three awards are designed to study ways of encouraging and supporting wider public participation in the city's heritage, archaeology and archives. They also build on past shared initiatives, such as the world heritage bid, and on the success of the recent Heritage Lottery Fund bid to provide the city archives with a new home in York Explore Library Learning Centre.”

The awards also follow on from collaborative doctoral awards previously shared with the York Archaeological Trust and a collaborative award with the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) on heritage policy.

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