Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation
This page contains information about the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation and copies of the archaeology newsletters put together by the group.
The Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation comprises of local archaeology societies, working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, Manchester Museum and Salford University Centre for Applied Archaeology.
The remit of this loosely affiliated body is as follows:
To promote Archaeology in Greater Manchester
To help societies with sustainability
Sharing of skills, speaker lists and equipment
Production of the Greater Manchester Archaeological Journal
Production of a quarterly e-newsletter
Annual Conference/Archaeology Day to be hosted by GMAU
Greater Manchester Federation Newsletter: Greater Manchester Federation Newsletter The Federation was formed in 2009 and grew out of a number of successful community archaeology projects that had taken place across Greater Manchester in previous years, which included the formation of new archaeology groups. Such projects including the national award winning Mellor Heritage and Royton Lives through the Ages projects, as well as the high profile Dig Manchester project. There was an enthusiasm amongst local archaeology groups to interact more and share sites, experience, knowledge, and equipment etc.
The Manchester University archaeology units already had extensive experience of undertaking community archaeology projects and, when the Field Unit was closed down in 2009, several of these staff transferred to Salford University which then became a partner in the Federation.
Manchester Museum kindly agreed to provide a room for the meetings and was able to use Federation members in consultation exercises for new galleries and policies. The Museum also runs a Young Archaeologists Club, which provides further synergy with the Federation.
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