Communicating Archaeology to the Public, a NEARCH workshop

News of the project 03/03/2015

The NEARCH project, funded by the European Commission for 5 years (2013-2018) in the framework of the Culture program, is a European-wide cooperation network of 14 partners from 10 countries. NEARCH aims to study the different dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to propose new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis. The University of Gothenburg is one of the partners in the project and this workshop is the second of four to be arranged in Gothenburg dedicated to issues raised within NEARCH.

Communication is a key word if you want to share knowledge, research and new discoveries. But how we communicate is also a key question. We might for example write a report, do a guided tour, design an information sign or open up a Facebook site.

In this workshop we will tell about some ongoing projects around Europe within NEARCH, and how they are communicating with the public. Also, we will get to know what a master education in Public Archaeology considers important issues within their program. The morning will be from an archaeological point of view, but in the afternoon we will change perspectives and listen to and participate in other ways of telling stories and how to communicate with the public.

In the spirit of the famous interpreter Freeman Tilden and his fifth principle of good interpretation (1957) the workshop aim to consider communicating with the audience not to be about instruction, but instead about provocation, meaning that the main thing to accomplish is provoking people to think for themselves and in doing so, to find their own personal meanings and connections within heritage.

Time: 10th November 2014 at 9:00-18:00

Location: The Museum of Antiquities, Olof Wijksgatan 6, first floor, Gothenburg

Find the schedule HERE.

Watch the videos HERE.