Session: #68

Theme & Session Format

Archaeological heritage and museum management: future chances, future risks
Session format:
Discussion session (with formal abstracts)

Title & Content

15 Years after Merriman - Public Archaeology: Looking back and Thinking about the Future
In 2019, fifteen years have passed since the publication of the edited volume “Public Archaeology” (Merriman 2004), which was inspired by a WAC session organised by Nick Merriman and Tim Schadla-Hall in 1999. This session aims to evaluate how the discipline of public archaeology has evolved and changed over time and to establish whether the concepts discussed in the book are still relevant in a much-changed world. We also want to look ahead and build upon the work and ideas put forward in “Public Archaeology” by thinking about future directions and challenges.
We therefore seek both papers that offer a retrospective on this important early publication and papers which take the baton from Merriman et al and look towards the next fifteen years of public archaeology.
We are particularly interested in papers that explore one or more of the following topics:
• Commemoration and identity
• Archaeology and political engagement
• Communicating archaeology
• Archaeology ‘of the public’
• Professionalisation and voluntarism in archaeology
Public, Archaeology, Engagement, Identity, Communication
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Main organiser:
Mark Oldham (Norway) 1
Luisa Nienhaus (United Kingdom) 2
1. Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research
2. University College London