Of Process and Practice

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Exploring developer funded archaeology and London’s more recent past, 1800 to the present day. Monday 6th of June 2011, 10am–4.45pm
A joint seminar of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the IfA London Group. At the Wilberforce Theatre, Museum of London Docklands West India Quay, London E14 4AL
Institute for Archaeologists London Group Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

How does PPS5 change the way we view the archaeology of the last 200 years? London is largely a 19th and 20th-century city, yet until comparatively recently, the below-ground archaeology of the last two hundred years was dismissed as ‘modern disturbance’, and its built heritage viewed as a seemingly endless resource. The scope for a greater understanding of this period has been recently provided by the more holistic approach to ‘heritage assets’ offered by Planning Policy Statement 5 (PPS5). This document has brought planning policy up to date with practice, eliminating the artificial separation between buried remains and above-ground archaeology, and brought about a focus on the idea that understanding the significance of a site or a landscape plays a role in its investigation, recording, and dissemination. This CPD opportunity is aimed at professionals who define the significance of these assets, are engaged with the planning process, and carry out fieldwork and research in the historic environment; namely representatives from national heritage agencies, Local Authority planning and conservation officers, archaeological curators, consultants, contractors and community archaeologists. Through the presentation of short position papers by individuals engaged in every step of the archaeological process, this seminar will stimulate lively discussion about how London’s relatively recent past is understood, and provide a step forward in the development of working methods and standards that take account of London’s diversity within the PPS5 framework. We will address key questions about the way in which sites are recognised, researched, recorded and ultimately disseminated whilst highlighting the diverse approaches that can be employed for London’s historic environment for the last two hundred years. Cost: The attendance fee for delegates is £25; £15 for students and unwaged delegates. This includes tea and coffee breaks at the museum, and a buffet lunch at the Ledger Building pub, next to the venue. Certificates of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates. Booking: Fill out the attached booking form to secure your place at the seminar. Contact: Email Emma Dwyer (ed108@le.ac.uk) or Nigel Jeffries (njeffries@museumoflondon.org.uk) with any queries. Seminar location: Museum of London Docklands is a short walk from West India Quay DLR station. Further information about the venue can be found here: http://www.museumindocklands.org.uk/English/VisitUs/

Of Process and Practice Programme
10.00–30: Registration and coffee 10.30–45: Introduction and aims for the day

10.45–12.15 (Session 1): Recognising Sites and Significance Discussant: Rob Whytehead (Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service) This session will highlight the link between the identification of sites from London’s recent past and their significance, and opportunities for recording and understanding the historic environment. How can consultants, curators, and representatives of local planning authorities ensure that they have sufficient information to make recommendations and decisions? What approaches can be employed? Speakers: Mike Heyworth (Council for British Archaeology) Sefryn Penrose (Atkins Heritage) Andrew Westman and Iris Rodenbüsch (Museum of London Archaeology)

12.15–1.15: Lunch at the Ledger Building (Wetherspoons pub)

1.15–2.30 (Session 2): Archaeological Approaches Discussant: Sarah May (English Heritage) What is distinctive about the historic environment of the last 200 years in London? We will look at exemplar projects that have been carried out in and around the city, highlighting the range of diverse approaches to understanding London’s more recent archaeology. Speakers: Nigel Jeffries (Museum of London Archaeology) Natalie Cohen (Thames Discovery Programme) Benjamin Perrot (Muf Architecture/Art)

2.30–3.00: Tea break

3.00–4.00 (Session 3): Best Practice and frameworks Discussant: William Filmer-Sankey (Alan Baxter & Associates) How, at a strategic level, will PPS5 lead to closer working, between conservation officers and planning archaeologists? How do research frameworks and strategies enable the disparate groups involved with archaeology and heritage in London, and help us deal with all the information generated by engagements with the historic environment? Speakers: Maggie Urquhart (Historic Conservation and Urban Design Officer, London Borough of Hounslow) David Baker (Greater London Historic Environment Research Strategy)

4.00–4.45 (Session 4): Continuing the debate. Where do we go from here?

Of Process and Practice:
Exploring developer funded archaeology and London’s more recent past, 1800 to the present day. Monday 6 of June 2011, 10am–4.45pm
A joint seminar of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the IfA London Group. At the Wilberforce Theatre, Museum of London Docklands West India Quay, London E14 4AL Institute for Archaeologists London Group Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
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The cost of attending the seminar is £25 for waged delegates, and £15 for students and unwaged delegates (who should enclose evidence of their status, such as a photocopy of their student ID, with this form). The attendance fees include tea, coffee, and biscuits during refreshment breaks, and a buffet lunch at the Ledger Building, a pub adjacent to the seminar venue. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or have any allergies or other dietary requirements, please make a note of these in the box below.

Please return this form by Monday 16th May, along with a cheque made payable to ‘Society for PostMedieval Archaeology’ to: Of Process and Practice Seminar c/o Nigel Jeffries Museum of London Archaeology Mortimer Wheeler House 46 Eagle Wharf Road London N1 7ED We will try our best to accommodate bookings made after the 16th of May, but may not be able to guarantee lunch and refreshments. If you have any questions, email Emma Dwyer (ed108@le.ac.uk) or Nigel Jeffries (njeffries@museumoflondon.org.uk).

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