Free regional workshops

 Are you a non-specialist working or volunteering with archaeological collections and archives? Would you like to learn more about how to manage archaeological material and use archaeological collections to engage and inspire people of all ages?

As part of the SMART project, SMA is running 4 free regional workshops for non-specialist museum staff and volunteers to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to become more confident dealing with archaeological material.

The workshops will introduce participants to multiple ways that archaeological material can be managed to best effect, and use of archaeology collections to engage and inspire people of all ages beyond the medium of display.  Subject matter will cover best practice in the management, use and understanding of archaeological collections, effective participation in the treasure process and how archaeology can be used as part of community engagement, learning and volunteer projects.

Trainers will provide case studies to illustrate how even the smallest of archaeological collections can be used to best effect, where to get information, advice and support, and why sometimes it’s important to realise that connecting people with these collections is often not just about the archaeology.

The key learning outcomes of the workshops are:

  1. An understanding of the standards in the care and management of archaeological collections

2.  How to manage archaeological archives: collecting policies,    storage, and the role of the curator, management of the deposition process, public engagement and research.

3.   How to use archaeological collections beyond display: community engagement, volunteer projects, teaching and learning.

4.  Effective engagement with the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the treasure process.

5.  Understand where to get advice and support: sources and resources

The dates of the workshops are:

  • North-west: 19th November at The People’s History Museum, Manchester
  • South-west: 4th December 2019 at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
  • North-east: 17th January 2020 at The Great North Museum: Hanock, Newcastle
  • South-east: 6th February 2020 at The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

The workshops will run from 10am to 5pm and are free to attend with lunch and refreshments provided. A travel bursary to the value of £50 is available for each attendee. Travel costs can be claimed as an expense that will be paid, to the value of £50, after the workshop. SMA will pay travel costs to the value of the bursary on behalf of an attendee in hardship circumstances. Please contact us to discuss this option.

We would like to ensure that a fair number of organisations are represented so if you would like to attend one of the workshops, we ask that you fill in an expression of interest form. Please note that places are limited to 20 people.

To download the form, click here

Completed forms and any enquiries, including travel bursary queries should be sent to Aisling Nash at

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