Up coming events

Seeing the Light of Day: Archaeological Collections & Sustainable Solutions

This event will be delivered twice.  Each day has the same content*.

Thursday 9th November 2017 – Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Tuesday 14th November2017  – M Shed, Bristol

Do you work with and/ or care for archaeological objects and/ or collections? Are you keen to hear the latest thinking on developing sustainable solutions to the management, accessibility and long-term preservation of archaeological archives in the south west?

This session will share the latest developments from the Seeing the Light of Day project who are examining these issues and the team behind the project will be outling the key recommendations for the museum and the wider heritage sector to take forward.

The day will cover:

  • What to charge – the true cost of collecting
  • Written Schemes of Investigation – enabling archiving
  • Digital archiving – what to do
  • Improving communication
  • Shared storage – what to do
  • Public engagement – promoting research and enabling community engagement

Who should attend?

  • Curators with responsibility for archaeology collections
  • Planning archaeologists
  • Archaeological contractors – particularly those responsible for post-excavation / archiving

Seeing the Light of Day is funded by Arts Council England. It is led by the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes but is a partnership project intended to engage and benefit museums across the South West, their audiences and the wider heritage sector.

The project has the support of the SW Museum Development Partnership, SW Museums Federation, SW Historic Environment Teams / Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers in the SW, Historic England, the Chartered Institute for Archaeology Archives Group, the Society of Museum Archaeologists and the 5 largest archaeological contractors active in the South West.

Registration via the Eventbrite links below:

09/11/17 – Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter:

14/11/17 – M Shed, Bristol:

*Two sessions are being run across the region to give as many opportunities as possible to find out about the results of the project.

Agenda – November workshops


Previous events:

May 12, 2017, 10.30 – 4.00 pm

Seeing the Light of Day: Emerging findings and next steps

Venue: St James Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol, BS1 3NZ

The aim of this meeting is to bring together museum curators, ALGAO members, archaeological contractors, museum development officers and other stakeholders in the “Seeing the Light of Day” project.  The project is consulting widely to investigate sustainable solutions for the management, accessibility and long-term preservation of archaeological archives in the South West. We have been consulting curators and contractors across the region to understand the status quo and to explore possible solutions to the long term storage and public access to archaeological archives. This meeting is an opportunity for the project to update its stakeholders on progress so far, and to discuss possible solutions.

Contact us for more information about the meeting.