LECTURE: "He Who Controls the Present Controls the Past." George Orwell and Public Archaeology

12 November 2019 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, first floor, 06690

A BIAA Lecture by Tim Schadla-Hall

Summary of Event:

Archaeologists present the past to wide audiences for a variety of reasons at different times. Archaeologists offer interpretations of the past that may well suit prevailing views, or indeed their own views of the past, but equally their interpretations may be adopted and adapted by others in a way that was never intended by them. This is an attempt through a series of case studies to examine the uses of the past by both individual archaeologists and wider society , in turn asking the question about both the appeal of archaeology and its potential abuse. Neal Ascherson suggested “Archaeology is the handmaiden of nationalism”, and the relationship of archaeology to the state has wider implications than are often considered.

Tim Schadla-Hall read geography and archaeology at Cambridge, taught A level Archaeology at Cranleigh School, and then spent three years as a field archaeologist in Winchester and then Wessex, where he worked on strategic planning of archaeological resources and also on the plough damage of archaeological sites. Subsequently he worked in Hull Museums as Principal Keeper of Museums, He then became Deputy Director and then Director of Leicestershire Museums, Arts and Records Service. He is now Reader in Public Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology UCL, where he lectures on Public Archaeology, Museum Management, and other aspects of archaeology. He is editor of the journal – Public Archaeology.

His interests are in the early Mesolithic in NW Europe, as well as the Mesolithic in general; he also researches on the archaeology of standing buildings and their landscapes. Amongst his particular interests is ' authenticity', the media and alternative archaeology. He is working on various aspects of heritage law and repatriation of archaeological material, as well as the economics of archaeology. He has recently examined the role of Television- and the popularity of ancient Egypt...He is particularly interested in public participation in archaeology and also governmental policy development for the past. He has published in all these fields.

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