RCAHMS and Day of Archaeology

On the 29th of July 2011 RCAHMS will be taking part in ‘Day of Archaeology’ – an internet project designed to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology running from the 16th – 31st of July. Day of Archaeology was set up to provide an insight into a ‘day in the life’ of anyone working/volunteering/studying in any area or form of archaeology and RCAHMS has signed up.

RCAHMS is passionate about sharing knowledge and information with others and already utilises a number of social media platforms to communicate on a wider scale. Staff here are keen to get involved with any new and developing ways of continuing these relationships and particularly keen to get any ideas and/or feedback from you as to how we can progress.

So have you ever wondered what us archaeologists get up to on a normal day? Ever been intrigued as to what happens behind closed doors at RCAHMS? Is it all just digging? So on July 29th staff here are RCAHMS will document their day in a number of different ways including brief descriptions, photographs, examples of work and even video’s and will be available here for your entertainment. These will in no way be faked, scripted or exaggerated to seem more exciting than real life – it will all be 100% real.

We intend to show a wide variety of work undertaken at RCAHMS from field survey projects, to Aerial Photography and even the visitors to our Search Room – behind the scenes, all access.

To help us with this we need your ideas! Are there any aspects of the Commissions work that you’re particularly interested in that you feel isn’t publicised enough and you’d like to see more of? Are you interested in the objects held in our collections and the work undertaken by staff on a daily basis to ensure it’s conserved properly? Wondered how our archives are looked after? Are there any members of staff you would like to know more about and what it is they actually do? Let us know and we’ll put people on the spot! Won’t that be nice… 🙂

You can get in touch in a number of different ways: Comment in the comments box of this post down below. Email me at hannah.smith@rcahms.gov.uk. Tweet me at @IndianaHannah or @RCAHMS using #dayofarch. Or leave a comment on our Facebook page. It’s really that simple.

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