One of the main outcomes for any HLF funded project are benefits for people, and in particular the opportunity to learn new skills. I think this applies not only to those who participate in these projects but also to those who run them.
As far as we are aware, this project is the first time that Cambridgeshire County Council’s Historic Environment Team (CHET) has formally worked with the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA). We’ve cooperated in the past on some outreach events, but nothing on the scale of this project. The interesting thing is that, although we all regard ourselves as archaeologists of one form or another, we have different ways of working, different procedures, different vocabularies even. CHET’s main role is to ensure that archaeological material is excavated, prepared and stored in such a way as to make it useable by other people, whether it’s for education, display, research or just general interest. Our previous displays have consisted of a few things taken out of boxes and put in temporary cases, usually for no longer than a week and with temporary labels. Putting something on for this length of time is something we’ve never been involved in before; we don’t have the experience in preparing and monitoring such an exhibition. MAA do, and I look forward to CHET learning from them.
What can MAA learn from CHET in return? That’s for them to decide!
Quinton Carroll, Historic Environment Team Manager
Image: The Cambridgeshire County Council’s archaeological store