75th Anniversary Debate: Archaeology and Politics

Start: Feb 27, 2012 06:15 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6

Institute of Archaeology 75th anniversary in 2012

The second 75th Anniversary Debate on 'Archaeology and Politics' will take place at the Institute on 27 February.

The 'Question Time' style debate will bring together prominent figures engaged with the political environment to comment on contemporary heritage policy and the implications for the historic environment of future party political policies.

The Institute is very grateful to CgMs Consulting for their sponsorship of the series of Anniversary Debates.


  • Mark D'Arcy (Chair) is a Parliamentary Correspondent presenting BBC Radio 4's Today in Parliament and blogs on parliamentary issues on the BBC News website. His career includes spells at LWT's Weekend World, the Leicester Mercury and BBC regional news in the East Midlands.
  • Bridget Fox read History and French at Balliol College, Oxford before training as a librarian at the British Library. A former Deputy Leader of Islington Council, she now works on planning and regeneration schemes and one of the team of Liberal Democrat candidates for the London Assembly.
  • Jenny Jones is an ex-archaeologist and former chair of the Green Party. She has been a member of the London Assembly since 2000 and was elected as the first Green member on Southwark Council in 2006. In 2009-10, Jenny was appointed Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee in the Assembly and has overseen reports such as Cultivating the Capital, looking at urban agriculture in London. She also sits on the Transport Committee. Jenny was a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority for 11 years, and has consistently called for greater police resources for the enforcement of road traffic laws, for stronger protection of civil liberties, and for a better police response to violence against women. In the previous mayoral administration Jenny was the Chair of London Food, the Mayor’s road safety ambassador, and the Mayor’s green transport adviser. Jenny is also a former Deputy Mayor of London and in 2004, she was named as one of 200 'women of achievement' by Her Majesty the Queen.
  • Neal Ascherson is a Scottish journalist and writer who has written for The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Observer and the Independent on Sunday. His books include The King Incorporated (1963), The Polish August (1981), The Nazi Legacy (1985), The Struggles for Poland (1987), Games With Shadows (1988), Black Sea (1995) and Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland (2002).
  • Tim Schadla-Hall is Editor of the journal Public Archaeology and Reader in Public Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology with a long term interest in ensuring that archaeology is recognised as a subject that is essentially political, with some experience of political processes in both national and local government.

The debate, which will commence at 6.15pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, will be followed by a drinks reception in the A.G. Leventis Gallery. The event will be streamed live online and may be viewed by clicking on the UCL Live link here»

Further details of other debates in the series are available here»

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