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  • Date and time: Wednesday 12 June 2024, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

The past 80 years has seen considerable shifts in archaeology, heritage and the management of the historic environment. The disciplines of archaeology and heritage have grown and evolved; commercial archaeology has blossomed; community archaeology has benefitted from substantial Lottery resources. The internet and digital platforms now offer incredible reach and scope to further reimagine how we engage people and participants.

What do these changes mean for the archaeology? How might we develop a more people centred approach to archaeology that helps us demonstrate the wider public value of the work we do?

Join Neil Redfern, the Council for British Archaeology’s Executive Director, as he explores how we can open our eyes to fresh perspectives on archaeology - perspectives that draw meaning from wider society, from non-experts and experts alike, from the young and the old, from all backgrounds and walks of life. In doing so, we can reframe archaeology as the process through which anyone can help create the collage of place, memory and meaning.

You may also be interested in two other Council for British Archaeology events taking place during the Festival: ‘An Archaeological Ramble’ on Sunday 2 June and the ‘Council for British Archaeology Open Day’ on Wednesday 5 June.  

The Council for British Archaeology

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is an educational charity working throughout the UK to help people of all backgrounds experience and participate in archaeology. It aims to champion archaeology in all its forms, bringing together community groups, commercial units, academics and heritage organisations to create and share opportunities to discover, take part and be inspired by archaeology. This year the CBA is celebrating its 80th anniversary and will be delivering events and activities throughout the year.

Photo credit: Neil Redfern

About the speaker

Neil Redfern is the Executive Director of the Council for British Archaeology, an independent charity, that brings together members, supporters and partners to give archaeology a voice, champion participation and safeguard archaeology for future generations. He has previously worked for Historic England in York for 18 Years as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Development Advice Team Leader. During this time, he was responsible for the delivery of Historic England’s statutory advice on planning, listed building and scheduled monument consent applications in Yorkshire. He has an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums (University of Cambridge) and a BA (Hons) in Geography and Archaeology (University of Manchester). He has over 26 years’ experience of cultural heritage management, archaeological fieldwork, survey and assessment and museum practice through working for English Heritage, the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and the Wordsworth Trust. He is particularly interested in the practical and philosophical challenges of how we value places, work with the wider public and help everyone participate.


Council for British Archaeology University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop