Expert archaeology panel returning to Winchester for public dialogue

The eminent archaeologists behind the guidance for Central Winchester Regeneration’s (CWR) approach to archaeology will be returning to Winchester in the autumn to participate in a series of events to enable people to hear more about the Archaeology Advisory Panel’s report and recommendations.

Members of the Cabinet (Central Winchester Regeneration) Committee approved plans for a number of events that will be designed so people can understand, and have confidence in, the recommendations from the expert advisers at its meeting on July 10. 

The Archaeology Advisory Panel members have agreed to participate in the following events:

1.    A public event where the Archaeology Advisory Panel will present their report findings and recommendations. This event will help people learn about the science behind the report, and to understand the guidelines and policies that inform practices of archaeology today. The audience will then be invited to join a panel member for a smaller Q&A session. This interactive part of the event will be facilitated and notes taken so that the panel members can then each report back to all attendees about the discussions held in their groups so everyone gets to hear and understand the conversations in the room.

2.    Small seminars for an invited audience of people who submitted specific comments on archaeology during the CWR consultation. At these seminars, people will be able to discuss their thoughts in more detail and ask questions of the panel. These will be smaller events to enable two way conversations and more detailed information to be discussed.

3.    A dedicated session with the Cabinet (Central Winchester Regeneration) committee, the group with responsibility for bringing the project forward, and making the ideas a reality.

Council Leader, Cllr Caroline Horrill, who is also Chair of the Committee said:

“Archaeology is an important aspect of the Central Winchester Regeneration project and the City. The community is passionate about it and is keen to understand more about the advisory panel’s report, its recommendations and expertise. This mix of events will give people of varying interest and knowledge the opportunity to find out more, share their thoughts and understand how the advice from archaeology professional experts will be at the heart of future developments”.

Details of the events will be announced in the coming weeks.