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Knowledge Exchange success for Institute alumna

24 August 2012

ASE staff giving a guided tour of their Lewes excavations

Congratulations to Hilary Orange who has been awarded funding to undertake a Knowledge Exchange project at UCL.

Hilary will shortly take up her post as Knowledge Exchange Associate with UCL Advances to run a 9-month project with the Centre of Applied Archaeology/ Archaeology South-East (CAA/ASE) examining the challenges which commercial units face in incorporating public outreach within their projects.

The Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA) is a research and support division within the UCL Institute of Archaeology and encourages research and innovation in professional archaeological practice, building links between commercial practice, academic research, and local communities. Archaeology South-East is the contracts division of the CAA.

The project will focus on the work of ASE and aims to establish and reinforce the links between CAA/ASE, the local community, and current and potential clients, in the spirit of PPS5 (Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment).

ASE poster describing the Lewes excavations which were open to the public

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To evaluate the potential development of public outreach within ASE's operational systems
  • To interview clients regarding project impact and identify their differing needs regarding public outreach
  • To strategically sample archived projects and carry out social impact assessment (public focused)
  • To overhaul the ASE website and other social media to create a variety of vibrant client and public-facing platforms
  • To prepare a report for ASE's Director and staff
  • To disseminate project findings to internal and external audiences through seminars, social media and publications.

Hilary completed her PhD research at the Institute in 2011 on Cornish mining landscapes: public perceptions of industrial archaeology in post-industrial society and is currently an Honorary Research Associate.