Workshop 4: Public Engagement

Workshop 4: Public engagement


Morning: Frances Bennett (York Archaeology Trust)

Frances Bennett of York Archaeological Trust will draw on the interdisciplinary expertise of YAT staff to run a half-day workshop on communicating archaeological research to the general public, modeled in the same format as a successful series of INSET training days for school teachers.

The JORVIK Group of Attractions and Events is YAT’s principal tool for communicating its research and values to the widest possible audiences. Frances will reflect on her role as Interpretation and Engagement Manager for the Group, heading up a schools learning programme which caters for more than 60,000 school-age learners annually. In addition, she will speak about work accomplished in the run-up to the grand reopening of the JORVIK Viking Centre in April 2017; devising and delivering a full training programme for front-of-house staff in how to communicate archaeological content to JORVIK’s increasingly mixed audiences, whose ages and backgrounds (and expectations in attending) vary considerably.

Frances will also facilitate discussion on a number of JORVIK Group case studies for which STEM learning has been the focus: these will include the Traders, Looters and Settlers workshop aimed at learners in Key Stages 1 and 2; devising and training on the handling collections provided for use by front-of-house volunteers across the attractions; and the Community Stadium excavation that took place at Monks Cross, York, in 2015.

Participants should look at the JORVIK Group’s Learning programme and newsletters ahead of this session to familiarise themselves with the scope of its work:

Afternoon: Delphine Dallison & Andy Mabbett (Wikipedia Foundation)

Building from their experience with the eBooK Delphine Dallison & Andy Mabbett will work with students to explore how they can help to improve the Archaeological Science section of the Wikipedia Pages