Maritime Archaeology Access and Learning Workshops

Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, 2009 (updated 2011)

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The promotion of public knowledge, interest and engagement in issues surrounding marine archaeology and aggregates is an area where there are many opportunities for increasing the range and profile of education and outreach activities. This is particularly evident in areas close to offshore aggregates dredging activities where there are often highly visible links to the industry through vessels, wharves and transportation. Other visible activities involving marine aggregates include beach replenishment.

The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) was introduced in 2002 to provide funds to relieve the environmental impacts of aggregate extraction; past, present and future. The ALSF was distributed on behalf of DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) by, amongst other bodies, English Heritage. In 2007 DEFRA commissioned the ALSF Dissemination Project, to bring together and disseminate the results of all research funded by the ALSF during the six years between 2002 and 2007.

One component of the ALSF Dissemination Project was HWTMA's ALSF Aggregates to Outreach project which developed educational resources for schools and adult dissemination. Experience during this project showed that public awareness of the aggregates industry, especially in the marine zone, is poor. It was recognised that an effective means of delivering further information on marine aggregates and maritime archaeology is through activity days and events which involve the whole family.

During 2007-08, English Heritage, through the ALSF, funded the Maritime Archaeology Access and Learning Workshops project, comprising three educational workshops. These workshops were the first dedicated events for organisers and educators working with maritime, marine and heritage related issues. In order to stimulate further events, the workshops aimed to develop networks for sharing practical ideas and experience beyond the workshops. The success and high demand of the workshops demonstrated the need to extend this work further to enable the effective dissemination of information and research results from ASLF funded projects to a wider public audience. Feedback demonstrating the success and high demand of previous workshops can be found in the Project Report submitted in February 2008, particularly sections 4 and 8.2 (ALSF 4840 Maritime Archaeology and Access Learning Workshops 2008).

The Maritime Archaeology Access & Learning ALSF Workshops & Associated Initiatives project builds on the work of the previous Maritime Archaeology Access and Learning Workshops project by providing a means of efficient and effective awareness raising and dissemination of information about ALSF funded projects. The project comprised:

  • An Access and Learning Workshop for Educators.
  • An Access and Learning Workshop for Postgraduates.
  • Exhibiting ALSF resources at the Education Show.
  • A Speed Networking Event.
  • Planning and Preparation for 2010 Workshop for Educators.

The Digital Archive

The digital archive currently consists of the reports generated at the end of each respective project:

  • HWTMA, 2008: Maritime Archaeology Access and Learning Workshops. Final Report. Unpublished Report
  • HWTMA, 20011: Maritime Archaeology Access and Learning ALSF Workshops and Associated Initiatives. Unpublished Report

Non-digital Archive and Publications

In addition to the digital outputs listed above project also produced the following outputs:

Journal Articles
Satchell, J. 2008: Expanding Informal Education in Maritime Archaeology, Journal of Maritime Archaeology, Volume 3 Issue 2, pp103-118
The first project 4840 opened three workshops - July 2007, October 2007 and February 2008 - the details of which can be found in the final project report.
The second project 5563 organised three residential workshops aimed at educators, postgraduate students and teachers, two speed networking events to maintain and develop networks and contacts, and a stand at the Education Show in Birmingham.