Archaeology Lunchtime Talk - 'Going for gold? A year in the life of a trainee community archaeologist'
Community archaeology, outreach and engagement play a significant role within all project work conducted by The Archaeology Department at National Museum Wales. The creation in April of a Council for British Archaeology Community Archaeology Traineeship within the Museum has led to new community projects in the Alyn and Ely Valleys.
The Mold Cape exhibition in 2013 at National Museum Cardiff and Wrexham Museum inspired a community project enabling the people of Mold to celebrate their Cape. Between July and September two phases of geophysical survey followed by a week-long excavation took place in the field where the Mold Cape is thought to have been found. The local community were at the heart of this work with people aged from 4 to 80 participating. The local schools were also involved, creating newspaper articles and a soundscape, influenced by the discovery of the archaeology.
This talk will introduce the community project and discuss the importance of sharing the Museum’s collections with communities across Wales.