I’m delighted to announce another key moment in an ongoing collaboration with students, heritage professionals and academics to spotlight critical and original themes in the field of public archaeology. This involves taking the select proceedings of the University of Chester Archaeology Student Conferences through to academic publication. The first 3 conference proceedings are already published:

Williams, H., Wills-Eve, B. and Osborne, J. (eds) 2019. The Public Archaeology of Death, Sheffield: Equinox.


Williams, H., Pudney, C. and Ezzeldin, A. (eds) 2019. Public Archaeology: Arts of Engagement, Oxford: Archaeopress.


Williams, H. and Clarke, P. (eds) 2020. Digging into the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Public Archaeologies, Oxford: Archaeopress.

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The 4th UoC Archaeology Student Conference’s proceedings is forthcoming with Archaeopress: The Public Archaeology of Frontiers and Borderlands.

I now have news about the 5th University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference. This conference was announced in July 2019 as addressing The Public Archaeology of Treasure. At least in part inspired by the ‘Cadburygate‘ debacle in the run-up to Easter 2019, the aim was to draw critical attention to the archaeological responsibilities and ethics, popular culture and politics of ‘treasure’ in the UK and farther afield. The 2020/2021 final-year Archaeology undergraduate students then began to develop the programme and finer details of the conference, planned for Friday 31st January 2020 at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, and combined with a Twitter conference on the same theme the following day, Saturday 1st February 2020.

The event itself was a great success, incorporating two keynote presentations – by Dr Adam Daubney and Gail Boyle – as well as a host of student presentations and a far-ranging discussion led by Peter Reavill. The entire event was recorded on video by the University of Chester’s learning technologists and edited and made available on the University’s Vimeo account.

Now I’m pleased to announce that the book is being assembled for publication as a collaborative editorial project.

Both of the keynote speakers – Adam and Gail – have kindly agreed to contribute to the book as will I and a range of other presenters at the Twitter conference, including senior archaeological conservator Pieta Greaves!

Gail and Pieta are contributing via interviews conducted with Howard and then transcribed, edited and augmented with images and key citations (this proved an effective dimension of the publications of the 3rd and 4th UoC Archaeology Student Conferences).

We aim to publish the book in a timely fashion during 2021! We’ll keep you posted regarding developments.


Provisional co-editors of the forthcoming book: Tash Carr, James Raine and Peter Reavill (note: as of Dec 2021, Tash and James withdrew their roles in the project due to other commitments, but the forthcoming book will acknowledge their work)