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Europa Nostra UK
Starts 5.30-6.30pm GMT Friday 23rd June
This exciting series of online events will showcase UK winners of European heritage award programmes, alongside heritage projects from across Europe that are of particular interest for the UK. Join us - 5.30-6.30pm GMT Friday 23rd June for the first edition! Open to EN members and non-members.
We start with an online presentation from DigVentures' Lisa Westcott Wilkin on the Archaeology at Home project, which won a Europa Nostra Award in 2021 for education, training and awareness-raising in the field of cultural heritage as well as the 2021 Heritage in Motion award.
In March 2020, not-for-profit social business DigVentures launched Archaeology at Home as an instant response to the conditions imposed on the practice of public archaeology by the COVID-19 lockdown. Archaeology at Home consisted of three distinct streams: videos including virtual site tours and workshops; an online Virtual Field school in the form of a six-week step-by-step ‘How to do archaeology’ course, provided free of charge on the basis of an opt-in funding model; and the two-day DigNation festival, remodeled as a digital conference. In total, DigVentures welcomed a remarkable number of over 11,000 people from 90 countries.
The Jury praised the many innovative qualities of Archaeology at Home: “This proved to have been an agile response to the situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and saw huge numbers of participants involved, offering connection during the lockdowns among the participants and between professionals and amateur archaeologists.”
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