Working with Archaeological Collections – FREE SMA Workshop

Event Date:6 February 2020 10:00 am — 6 February 2020 5:00pm

Are you a non-specialist working or volunteering with archaeological collections and archives? Would you like to learn more about how to manage archaeological material and use archaeological collections to engage and inspire people of all ages?

As part of the SMART project, SMA is running a free regional workshop for non-specialist museum staff and volunteers to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to become more confident dealing with archaeological material.

The workshop will introduce participants to multiple ways that archaeological material can be managed to best effect, and use of archaeology collections to engage and inspire people of all ages beyond the medium of display.  Subject matter will cover best practice in the management, use and understanding of archaeological collections, effective participation in the treasure process and how archaeology can be used as part of community engagement, learning and volunteer projects.

Trainers will provide case studies to illustrate how even the smallest of archaeological collections can be used to best effect, where to get information, advice and support, and why sometimes it’s important to realise that connecting people with these collections is often not just about the archaeology.

The key learning outcomes of the workshops are:

  1. An understanding of the standards in the care and management of archaeological collections

2.  How to manage archaeological archives: collecting policies,    storage, and the role of the curator, management of the deposition process, public engagement and research.

3.   How to use archaeological collections beyond display: community engagement, volunteer projects, teaching and learning.

4.  Effective engagement with the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the treasure process.

5.  Understand where to get advice and support: sources and resources

The date of the workshop:

  • South-east: 6th February 2020 at The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

The workshop will run from 10am to 5pm and are free to attend with lunch and refreshments provided. A travel bursary to the value of £50 is available for each attendee. Travel costs can be claimed as an expense that will be paid, to the value of £50, after the workshop. SMA will pay travel costs to the value of the bursary on behalf of an attendee in hardship circumstances. Please contact us to discuss this option.

We would like to ensure that a fair number of organisations are represented so if you would like to attend  the workshop, we ask that you fill in an expression of interest form. Please note that places are limited to 20 people.

To download the form, click here

Completed forms and any enquiries, including travel bursary queries should be sent to Aisling Nash at

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