Session: #294

Theme & Session Format

3. The new normality of heritage management and museums in post-Covid times
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Widening Horizons – Contributing to Communities in a post-Covid-19 World through Increasing Access to Archaeology and Heritage
We believe that archaeology and heritage is for everyone and that it can have a positive impact on people’s lives and help to develop better communities. With the increasing social-economic impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic bringing into sharp focus the inequalities between many people and communities across the continent there is clear need for fairer, more sustainable and more resilient communities to emerge once the pandemic is over. Community focused archaeology and heritage projects will be one way that we as practitioners can help and contribute to this urgent need.

In this session we will explore the ways in which archaeology and heritage can widen its horizons to help contribute to making our communities fairer, more sustainable and more resilient.

We welcome contributions from members that are engaging in archaeology and heritage practices that are contributing to wider community engagement and development and especially those that are seeking to widen participation to include working with and within communities (communities of place, interest or socio-economic situation) that do not normally have access to archaeology and heritage. We are keen to hear about innovative ways in which different audiences can be engaged in archaeology and heritage, and of new methodologies for widening participation and positively contributing to different communities. We would also welcome contributions from those members whose projects or initiatives did not work as envisaged or planned as well as contributions that critically assess the roles in which archaeology and heritage can contribute to wider socio-economic problems.
Community Archaeology, Engaging, Recovery, Adopt a Monument, Widening participation, resilient communities
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Main organiser:
Philip Richardson (United Kingdom) 1
Ian Doyle (Ireland) 2
1. Archaeology Scotland
2. The Heritage Council