75th Anniversary Debate: Archaeology and the Media

Start: Feb 20, 2012 06:15 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6

Institute of Archaeology 75th anniversary in 2012

The first 75th Anniversary Debate on 'Archaeology and the Media', will take place at the Institute on 20 February.

The 'Question Time' style debate will consider the ways in which the public thirst for the past is satisfied - or not. Issues surrounding the commissioning, content and presentation of the past will be discussed by key figures working in print and televisual media.

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


  • Maev Kennedy (Chair) FSA was born in Dublin where she worked for the Irish Times for many years, and now lives in London where she is a staff journalist writing on arts and archaeology for the Guardian, and also writes and broadcasts widely on arts and conservation issues.
  • Alexander Langlands is an archaeologist and historian working in the broadcast media. He is a former pupil of the Institute of Archaeology UCL and has worked for seven years in museums and commercial archaeology before accepting a studentship to read for a PhD in landscape history and archaeology at the University of Winchester.
  • Charles Furneaux is joint MD of a small independent production company that makes both factual and drama programmes. Previously he was Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 responsible for, among other things, developing an extensive and successful slate of pre history, archaeology and history-science crossover programming. He has also been a departmental head and board member of super-indy, talkbackThames; initiated and produced award winning drama and factual programming including the cinema release Touching the Void; and made his own films as an award winning producer-director for the BBC.
  • Caroline Norris is the co-creator and Series Producer of Horrible Histories, the multi-BAFTA and double British Comedy Award winning sketch show. Aiming to get the nation's children to 'laugh themselves smart', Horrible Histories has gained popular and critical acclaim and is returning for a 4th series in March 2012.
  • David Keys is archaeology correspondent for the Independent Newspaper and frequent television commentator on archaeological matters. He is author of the book Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World.

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.

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

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