Seminar Thurs 27th: Public Archaeology and the internet – the impact of social networking technologies on communicating heritage

Lorna Richardson

The next UCS heritage seminar will be on Thursday 27th (note the change of day for this event!).  Lorna Richardson, researcher at University College London, will be presenting: Public Archaeology and the internet – the impact of social networking technologies on communicating heritage

Summary:  This paper will examine the impact of Internet technologies on the practice of public archaeology, within professional archaeological communities working in commercial archaeology, higher education, local authority planning departments and community settings, as well the voluntary archaeology sector in the UK.  To explore this issue, the paper will briefly examine the role and activities of archaeological organisations using Internet platforms for public engagement; audiences, participation and communities in online archaeology, and the impact of digital inequalities on the audience for archaeological information.  It will discuss relationships within archaeological social networks that are theoretically linked with social capital and weak ties, and uses the social media platform of Twitter  as a testing ground, as well as the online public archaeology blogging project, the Day of Archaeology .

The talk will be held in the Waterfront Building, UCS Ipswich, at 4.30pm.  Please email Julie Barber if you’d like to come along: julie.barber@ucs.ac.uk

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