The course is one of many within the within the Archaeology and Historic Environment group in the School of Conservation Sciences. The School of Conservation Sciences provides excellent, theoretically informed, science-based teaching, research and consultancy relating to natural and cultural environments, resources and materials with a strong commitment to practical issues. Students benefit from our unique interdisciplinary environment, a great diversity of research, plus the support all our staff.
Externally, special relationships, exchange agreements, and links with other institutions provide numerous opportunities for student contacts and personal research. The School has established connections with Museums in the South and West of England plus National Museums in London such as The Science Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Imperial War Museum. Additionally, current collaborations are with the Institute of Archaeology in Moscow State University, the Institute for History of Material Culture in St. Petersburg, Yerevan State University (Armenia), Artsak State University, Latvian University of Agriculture, Manx National Heritage, RCHME, English Heritage and English Nature.
The School’s archeological interests range from Prehistory, Roman and Medieval through to artefacts and environmental archaeology. Our research findings are integrated with our teaching. Our high quality research was rated 3A following the RAE assessment in Dec 2001and our teaching achieved an "Excellent" rating of 22/24 by the QAA.
We have five areas within the Centre for Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage:
-Landscape, Townscape and Coastal Archaeology
-Cultural Resource Management
-Technology, Production and Ancient Materials
-Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology
Meeting User Needs
Care and Management of Collections
The Business of Museums
Personal and Team Management
Interpretation and Display
The Learning Process:
Formal lectures, practical sessions and seminars will be delivered by the programme team and supplemented by specialist lectures by leading practitioners and academics. These will be supplemented by directed reading programmes and where appropriate, workplace experience which will enable students to gain the necessary knowledge and theory underpinning museum management issues. Individual projects and group work processes are introduced throughout the units to allow students to develop individual and teamwork abilities.
The course has a modular structure with eight taught units followed by a dissertation, which may be taken on a part-time basis (two years).
For those already in museum or related employment (such as National Trust or English Heritage properties), the units may be taken individually or sequentially as part of a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Course units will be delivered in four-day blocks at three to four week intervals. Prior to the commencement of each unit, students will receive reading materials to assist with their preparation. Students will experience a wide range of learning modes and assessment procedures during the taught component of the course.