The 5th University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference – The Public Archaeology of Treasure – took place on Friday 31st January at the Grosvenor Museum. It was the best conference yet, with solid student talks – 10 of them – two excellent guest lectures by Gail Boyle and Dr Adam Daubney, and a superb discussion led by Peter Reavill. Check out the programme for all the presentation titles, abstracts, and acknowledgements for all those who made it possible.

Public Archaeology of Treasure 2020 Programme – 28-01-20

Here is the Twitter Moment for the conference!

The conference was followed on Saturday 1 Feb by a series of Twitter presentations, including one delivered by final-year student Sophie Brown (and one by me)!

Here is the Twitter Moment for the Twitter presentations!

As you’ll appreciate, it has taken a lot of hard work and dedication, lobbying and promotion, patience and generous support from students, colleagues and collaborators, to get this arranged and delivered. As well as thanking all those acknowledged in the programme – especially doctoral researcher Reanna Phillips –  I’d like to thank the audience, who were the most informed and positive, active and helpful, of all the student conferences to date. There were representatives from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the British Museum and various universities in attendance alongside students.

The entire event coincided with a fabulous Treasure temporary exhibition in the adjacent room in the museum. So we delivered talks and debated public engagements with treasure alongside some of the most amazing treasure-finds from Cheshire and Merseyside!