Archaeology/Austerity walk meeting details

Hi All,

Few details for the upcoming walk… Meeting points as per below and on this pdf: Austerity walk meeting points.



There will be a group walking the whole length of the route (@James__Dixon for details) and another following the route on as much public transport as possible (@lornarichardson for details), but you are welcome to travel however you like between the meeting points, meet us along the way or just join in for one stop. Meeting points and times are as follows:

1000 – 1010     Canary Wharf Station – Introduction – Lorna Richardson and James Dixon

Start point_Canary Wharf

1125 – 1140    Whitechapel – Kate Tiernan and James Dixon

Nearest tube stops, Whitechapel and Aldgate East

Stop 1_Altab Ali Park

1200 – 1215     Moorgate – Sam Merrill

Nearest tube stop, Moorgate

 Stop 2_Moorgate

 1220 – 1230     Museum of London – Break

Nearest tube stops, Moorgate, Blackfriars and St Pauls


1240 – 1255     St Paul’s Occupy Camp – Marjolijn Kok and Saini Manninen

Nearest tube stop, St Pauls

Stop 3_St Pauls

 1305 – 1315     Bankside – Chris Constable

Nearest tube stops, Southwark, Borough, London Bridge, St Pauls

Stop 4_Bankside and lunch

1315 – 1400     LUNCH

 1405 – 1415     Liberty of the Mint – Chris Constable

Nearest tube stop, Borough

Stop 5_Liberty of the Mint

 1430 – 1500    Heygate Estate and Elephant and Castle – Emma Dwyer and Owen Hatherley

Nearest tube stop, Elephant and Castle

Stop 7_Heygate Estate

1551              SUNSET

1545 – 1600     Southbank skatepark – Oli Mould

Nearest tube stops, Waterloo and Embankment

Stop 8_Southbank Skaters

 1630 – 1645     Downing Street – Lorna Richardson

Nearest tube stops, Westminster and Charing Cross

Stop 9_Downing Street


Nearest tube stop, St James’s Park


Archaeology/Austerity walk: the rest of our motley crew.


We’re now in a position to announce the rest of our line up for the walk. In no particular order:

Sam Merrill – London Underground, Moorgate and Kings Cross

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Samuel Merrill is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in questions of urban memory, landscape, heritage and infrastructure, particularly within the context of a broadly conceived underground (spatial, political and cultural). In December 2014 he completed a PhD in cultural geography at University College London for which he was awarded first prize in the 2014 Peter Lang Young Scholars in Memory Studies Competition. He also has a postgraduate degree in Heritage Studies from The Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus, Germany and an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Ancient History from The University of Birmingham, UK. He is currently undertaking a two-year postdoctoral research project at Umeå University’s Sociology Department that investigates how contemporary social movements mobilise the past through their transnational and digital cultural memories. To date he has published research articles, communications and reviews on themes including World Heritage and International Development, Graffiti, Street Art and Heritage, and the Social Memories and Cultural Landscapes of Subterranean Transport Infrastructures. His first book is planned for publication in late 2016 or early 2017.

Oli Mould – Southbank Skatepark

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Oli is a human geographer at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses on searching for communities flourishing in the face of political and economic pressures, social unrest and cultural division. His specific research interests cut across a number of traditional academic themes such as urban politics, creativity, cultural studies and social theory. He has published work on the creative practices of cities (both those that contribute to capitalist accumulation and those that try to resist it), the theory of networks, the representation of cities in film and labour in the creative economy. His first monograph ‘Urban Subversion and the Creative City’ was published by Routledge in April 2015. Currently, he is engaged in work on urban politics, creativity and social justice.

Lorna Richardson – Downing Street

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Postdoc in digital sociology at Umeå University, Sweden. Recovering archaeologist. Part seal. Endo sister. Socialistiska. Views are mine or Jeremy Corbyn’s.

Chris Constable – Southwark

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Chris is archaeology officer at Southwark Council. He sums up his work here: Nothing interesting this year.

Archaeology/Austerity Walk: Whitechapel

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It’s all coming together…we can now announce that Kate Tiernan and James Dixon will be joining the walk, taking on the rather hot topic of Shoreditch. Will it involve cereal? Absolutely no idea. Come and find out.

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Kate Tiernan studied at Goldsmiths in Fine Art and Critical Theory and RADA for an MA in Text and Performance. An artist, writer, and actor working internationally in Norway, London, New York and Canada. With ten years expertise of working for some internationally renowned organisations such as Arnolfini, Tate, V&A, The British Museum, BFI, University West England and Goldsmiths. Through performance practice based research Kate is working to explore spatial relationships and philosophical conundrums through public/private encounters with various objects and built environments. Making visible through vulnerability these connections and how they intersect. Kate lecturers at Sotheby’s Institute and Tate whilst also writing for the arts publication Studio International and Zoo; recently writing a play titled ‘Freight’ previewing in 2016. A new work ‘Considering This’ a verbatim performance about cognitive empathy and catharsis was performed at RADA, The Arts Theatre Upstairs and Hornsey Town Hall. Kate developed a performance ‘Call & Response’ at DRIFT 2015 in Rio de Janiro being performed at Sluice Art Fair. Upcoming work includes a rehearsed reading with Camden Peoples Theatre for Fun Palace; a writing residency and new performance with The Charles Dickens Museum and Bloomsbury Festival and Co-Curating On Stage/Off Stage: Performance and Theatricality at Tate Modern.

Kate is from Wales, and lives and works in London.

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James Dixon is an archaeologist with a pleasingly short biography. He is one of the co-organisers of Public Archaeology 2015. James divides his time between working as an archaeologist, pretending he’s a different kind of archaeologist, aspiring to be yet another kind of archaeologist, and editing the writing of other archaeologists.

Archaeology/Austerity walk: St Paul’s Occupy Camp


We’re pleased to be able to announce the second of our speaker pairings for the walk in December. Taking on the site of the Occupy camp at St Paul’s will be Marjolijn Kok and Saini Manninen. Here they are:


For over ten years marjolijn kok worked at the University of Amsterdam as a theoretical archaeologist. Not satisfied with the way academic work became more constrained, she started her own company Bureau Archeologie en Toekomst, to focus on contemporary archaeology and art. She did paticipatory research on Occupy Rotterdam. In the last 3 years she has mainly been working as an artist. kok works at the studio collective Havenstraat in Rotterdam. Together with line kramer they form the artist’s collective the KOKRA FAMILY, which focuses on projects that problematize the concept of family. She does not limit herself to a specific medium, but collages, digital drawings, collecting, photography and video are her main tools. In her own work kok is keen on the aporial turn of reclaiming historical traces and turning them into contemporary actions. Her work involves long term projects and events that focus on the connections between and the perceptions of people and their material context.

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Saini Manninen is a performance maker and a lecturer in theatre and performance. Her work encompasses solo performances and collaborations that deal with misunderstandings, home, intimacy and distance. Saini’s research focuses on the social, economic and aesthetic effects of theatre’s temporality, and the intersections of performance, material culture and archaeology.

Watch this space for more details of the walk as we get closer to the time…

Archaeology/Austerity walk: Aylesbury and Heygate Estates


Quick announcement before the long weekend. We are slowly getting our speakers for the December walking event confirmed and developing the route. Happily, we are now in a position to announce our first pairing and location! So, we introduce Emma Dwyer and Owen Hatherley who will be tackling the Alyesbury and Heygate Estates.


Emma Dwyer is Enterprise Fellow and Business Development Executive for Heritage at the University of Leicester, where she studied for her PhD in Archaeology, examining changing experiences of social housing built before the Second World war. Emma previously worked in commercial archaeology at MOLA and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, and is Secretary of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology.


Owen Hatherley was born in Southampton, England in 1981. He received a PhD in 2011 from Birkbeck College, London, for a thesis on Constructivism and Americanism. He writes regularly on architecture and cultural politics for Architects Journal, Architectural Review, Icon, the Guardian the London Review of Books and New Humanist, and is the author of several books: Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010), Uncommon – An Essay on Pulp (Zero, 2011), A New Kind of Bleak – Journeys through Urban Britain (Verso 2012), Across the Plaza (Strelka, 2012) and Landscapes of Communism (Penguin 2015). He also edited and introduced an updated edition of Ian Nairn’s Nairn’s Towns (Notting Hill Editions, 2013). He lives in Woolwich and Warsaw.

It’s way too early for anyone involved to commit to any particular content so watch this space for more details of this stop and the rest of the day.

Help an archaeology student with her research!


My name is Fleur Schinning and I am a Masters student at Leiden University in the Netherlands. I am currently writing my thesis, which focuses on the use of blogs and social media and how they contribute to the accessibility of archaeology. This is based on blogs from the USA, UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.
To be able to find out more about the motivations you, as a reader of this blog or other archaeology blogs, have – I have set up a small questionnaire. If you fill this in, you have the chance to win 6 issues of Archaeology Magazine and you will be helping archaeologists get to know more about blogging in archaeology. The questionnaire takes about five minutes of your time and can be found here:
Thank you very much for participating, it will help me a lot!

Kind regards,
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Event Announcement: Narratives & Counter-Narratives; A Line Through Contemporary London

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This December, James & Lorna from the PublicArchaeology2015 project have organised an end-of-year walking discussion on the ‘Archaeology of Austerity’. It will take place on Saturday 12 December from 10am.

Details of the event are still coming together and we are open to outside input, so please get in touch on Twitter (@PA2015info), or in the comments section below if you want to be involved in some way.

As you’ll see from the description, we hope to connect with wider digital audiences on the day, so any ideas of offers of assistance in that would be much appreciated.

See you there!

Narratives and counter-narratives; a line through contemporary London


In post-Coalition austerity Britain, there are major discrepancies between the way we are supposed to live, according to social, political and cultural rhetoric, and the way in which we live day-to-day. The former, driven by external forces such as media influence, international finance and a particular kind of centralised social aspiration first defined in the 1980s, centres on legibility, cultural consumption, public ostentation and a privileging of complex cultural semiotics over political concerns and public action. We inhabit this often contradictory society as best we can; it is an organic, precarious and very occasionally subversive experience.

This event, a collaborative walking discussion about the contemporary archaeological manifestations of these complex socio-political and cultural issues will seek to put a running section across the middle of London and attempt to take the pulse of London past, London present, and what it means to inhabit this world for archaeologists and archaeo-sympathisers.

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The walk will take place across the landscape of central London, evoking elements of psychogeography, contemporary archaeology, deep time, and landscape history, in a unique event which proposes to not only provide a traditional platform for ‘the public talk’ as information and knowledge-sharing, but will also offer a physical re-experiencing of time and cultural understanding through movement, digital media and live commentary. The walk will begin in central London and will finish at Whitehall, at the end of Downing Street. In between, the route will take in a number of stops (Shoreditch, Bank of England, St Pauls Cathedral, Heygate Estate, Bankside Urban Garden, Southbank, Parliament Square) offering different perspectives on the lived experience of the city, both in the past and in the present, some officially sanctioned, others intentionally not.


At each stop, the participants will either hear from an expert on the area or investigate a site relevant to historic or contemporary heritage. Throughout the experience, participants will gain an understanding of the range of narratives and counter-narratives being enacted across London, often in close proximity, enabling them to fully engage in a summary discussion in a Westminster pub at the end of the route. The route and sites visited have been chosen to allow participants to choose whether to walk the entire route, or jump in and out of the experience throughout the programme. As it is proposed to undertake this event during the depths of winter, this will allow for the need for warmth and participant-comfort!


The event will officially end at 8pm with a reading of the Riot Act.