Education Day 2008
The second CBAWM Education Day was held at Birmingham Archaeology on Saturday 17 May 2008. The theme was Educational Resources for Archaeology and History and their Applications.
Birmingham Archaeology was an excellent venue being both central to our region and offering a wide range of resources and expertise for us to tap into.
The first part of the day looked at the ways in which archaeological education is currently delivered in the UK. These included the role of archaeology in the National Curriculum and the new A level syllabus, Further and Higher Education and the diminishing range of courses offered through Lifelong Learning.
The remainder of the sessions looked at the bewildering range of resources available, such as internet facilities, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and resources available through Museums. There was an emphasis on how to access these and how they can best be used. We also included practical sessions on photography and drawing which proved particularly popular.
Over 20 people signed up for the day and most were involved in the delivery of archaeological sessions as part of a wider remit. They ranged from teachers to interpretation officers and representatives of local societies. The day rounded off with a discussion on how best the needs of the wider interested public could be served.