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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Monday, December 16 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
TAG54 | What have we done for the Romans?

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This session seeks to explore how two groups of people, archaeologists and the public, conceive of the Roman past. Conserving and interpreting the archaeological remains of Roman Londinium and Britain is a series of choices. What gets uncovered, kept, conserved, and published affects what stories we tell the public, and we also make choices about the content and intent of our stories. What influences the choices of the stories we tell? Even with the best intentions we may be influenced by current political events, social trends or technological drivers. But we are also interested in what and how the public knows about the Roman past. What motivates visitors to seek out sites, museums or information about the Roman past? What do they already know? What do they want to know? Should they get what they want or should we subvert and challenge their understanding? In this session we invite speakers to explore ontologies of the Roman past in London and Britain through presentation of archaeological sites, museum displays, publications, fiction and other media. We welcome speakers from the heritage, museum, and broadcasting worlds as well as from community, commercial and academic archaeology.

Organisers: Kim Biddulph, Project Manager; City of London Corporation • Howard Benge, Public Programmes Manager; City of London Corporation • Jackie Kiely, Senior Curator Prehistory and Roman; Museum of London • Jane Sidell; Historic England

13:30 | Howard Benge, Public Programmes Manager, City of London Corporation; Kim Biddulph, Project Manager, City of London Corporation | What have we done for the Romans?

13:50 | Caroline Lawrence, author, Independent Researcher | Travelling Bones and Leather Bikinis: How Archaeology Inspires Fiction

14:10 | Ruth Taylor, History Co-ordinator and Senior Teacher, University College School Junior Branch | Archaeology, the Romans and the National Curriculum: an archaeologist-turned-teacher’s perspective.

14:30 | Andrew Roberts, Properties Historian, English Heritage | My Roman Pantheon: Experiential Digital Interpretation at Chesters Roman Fort

14:50 | Antony Lee (PhD student), Department of Archaeology, Durham University | “Experiencing the gods: Lived Ancient Religion and the interpretation of Romano-British religion in museums”

15:10 | - | BREAK

15:40 | Jackie Keily, Senior Curator Prehistory and Roman, Museum of London | Curating Roman London

16:00 | Sophie Jackson, Museum of London Archaeology; Helen Chiles, London Mithraeum Bloomberg Space | Where archaeology meets technology

16:20 | Jane Sidell, Historic England | Preservation and presentation of Roman archaeology in London.

16:40 | Hedley Swain, Area Director South East., Arts Council England | What have we done to the Romans?


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Monday December 16, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Clarke Hall (Level 3) 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

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