Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC)

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  • 27th April 2023
    18:30 - 19:30

This talk will cover the first year of the Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC) based at the Chester House Estate in Irchester being open. The ARC acts as the new publicly accessible archaeological archive repository for Northamptonshire and opened to the public and researchers in October 2021. This talk will touch on the project to set-up the ARC, the move of the collections to it, our first year of being open to the public and researchers, and our plans for the future. It will also cover some of the problems and successes that we have encountered along the way. We will cover what an archaeological archive is, our work with community archaeology groups such as CLASP, our archive guidelines and how depositions work and try to put the work we do into its national context.

Presented by: Ben Donnelly-Symes

The lectures are free, however we would welcome a donation of £5, or any amount to help support CLASP which is a registered charity which relies on volunteers and donations. The bank details are:

Account name: Comm Lndscpe Archlgy Srvy Proj RC3111667
Sort Code: 08-92-99
Account number: 65133161 




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Additional Volunteers

We need to expand our team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to fulfil a variety of roles and maintain the charity’s development whether you are able to give a few hours a week or more:
Volunteer help needed for:
  • Field work (field walking, excavation, geophysics etc.
  • Post excavation (processing and recording finds and archiving)
  • Computer and digital work
  • Fund raising
  • Publicity
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