Conference & Awards

The Museum as a Resource
Annual Conference 2022 to be held at the University of Nottingham Museum  on 15th & 16th September

We want to use our 2022 conference to enable attendees to reconnect with one another by exploring museum archaeology as a resource for everyone. The theme is deliberately broad as we are aware that different people and organisations have had very different experiences during the last few years depending on their circumstances.

This will be the first time since the start of the pandemic that we have held a physical conference and we are really looking forward to meeting colleagues in person!

We are seeking proposals for conference paper of 25 or 10 minutes in length.  Download our Call for Papers for all the details!!

Awards for Excellence 2022

The time is finally here again! Nominations are now open for the Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Awards For Excellence 2022. More information can be found by downloading information for entrants, but here’s a quick overview of the categories:

  1. Exhibition, Display or Interpretation Project
  2. Collections based project
  3. Engagement and/or Collaboration project
  4. Volunteering Award

All projects should have been completed between January 1st 2021 and July 15th 2022 within the UK. Entries can be for physical or digital projects.

CLOSING DATE for entry is midnight on  21st AUGUST 2022

Watch our Conference  2019 videos online!

Keynote:The Telling of Human Stories 

Archaeology for the People

Norwich Castle

Liverpool: Re-thinking Slums

Lost Landscapes

BC or not BC?

Presenting Prehistory

Beyond the Bling



Waiting in the Wings (digital archaeological archives)

Driving Community Engagement and Research: a vision for Watling Street

Numismatics, Norman England and other Tricky Issues

Is Disposal a participatory practice?

Experiencing the gods: Displaying and interpreting Romano-British religion in museums

How can I put this? Interpreting the Evil Eye for a modern audience

 Watch our Conference 2018 videos online!


And the individual videos are:

Heritage Apprenticeships 

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology: planning for all ‘event’ …ualities 

Your Dig: York Archaeological Trust’s new Participatory Community Engagement Programme

Visitor perceptions of, and engagement with, British prehistory displays 

Positive Action with a 3D Printer

Documentation and Curation of 3D Visualization Projects 

Displaying the Dead: results of the Leeds Museum visitor survey 

A new approach to rationalising archaeological shell 

Charging Ahead: Exploring fees for the transfer of archaeological archives in museums in England 

I like to move it, move it……into archive suitable boxes

Pottery Shop? What Pottery Shop? Re – thinking Corbridge from the base up

Improving Archaeological Reference Collections and Typologies 

Digging Deeper into Treasure 

Archaeology matters: pass it on! 

Forging a positive collaboration between Swindon Museum & Art Gallery & Cardiff University 

Old Collections, New Questions: Researching the Roman collections of the Yorkshire Museum

Birmingham: rediscovering archaeology for a superdiverse city 

Putting Cyprus on the Map: promoting the Cypriot archaeology collections at Museums Sheffield

Papyrus for the People at the Petrie Museum 



To promote the interests of archaeology in museums throughout the United Kingdom