The public lecture is being held in association with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Curating Cambridge. Dr Jody Joy, Senior Curator for Archaeology at the museum, will join Carenza to discuss how archaeology connects people across time and space using examples from ACA’s pioneering outreach projects and the nationally important department museum at the University of Cambridge.
Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) is an archaeological outreach organisation based in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge. ACA aims to enhance economic, social and personal well-being through active engagement with archaeology. ACA was set up by Dr Carenza Lewis in 2004 and specialises in providing opportunities for members of the public to take part in purposeful, research-orientated archaeological investigations including excavation. Dr Lewis began her outreach work by leading classroom-based activities on the theme of archaeology in schools in the autumn of 2004 and ran the first Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) in collaboration with the widening participation initiative, Aimhigher, in summer 2005. Thousands of members of the public have taken part in scores of programmes run by ACA, including teenagers involved in Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) test pit excavation programmes intended since 2005 to build academic skills, confidence and aspirations. More widely, ACA has involved thousands of members of the public of all ages and backgrounds, including those with special needs, in a wide range of archaeological activities including field-walking, excavation, analysis and reporting. These have included projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and events in 2011-12 as part of the Cultural Olympiad for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The lecture will take place between 6:30pm – 7:45pm on 22nd October 2014 in Room 3 at the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms in Cambridge. Priority booking is available on Event Brite here until 22nd September 2014. If places are still available after this date, they can be booked on the Cambridge Festival of Ideas website here.
Absolutely anyone who has ever had any involvement with Access Cambridge Archaeology is encouraged to attend. Whether you have worked with Carenza and the ACA team as a school student, school staff member, university student volunteer, university schools liaison officer, local coordinator, member of a local historical and/or archaeological society, property owner, fieldwork or excavation volunteer, archaeological specialist, member of a partner organisation or in any other voluntary or professional capacity, you will be warmly welcomed at the lecture on 22nd October. Everyone at Access Cambridge Archaeology looks forward to seeing lots of familiar faces, past and present, in Cambridge for the 10th anniversary celebration.
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