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Celebrating 40 years of Merseyside Archaeological Society.

The Museum of Liverpool has joined with Merseyside Archaeological Society to develop a fascinating conference on 8 and 9 October 2016. Aimed at both experts and museum visitors, the weekend comprises lectures, workshops, tours and discussions.

Taking place at the Museum of Liverpool, the conference will explore how archaeology in Merseyside has evolved over the last 40 years as its main theme; delving into the many ways in which the Society has worked with local communities and institutions.

Interesting workshops will give delegates the chance to see how archaeology collections underpin many of the displays at the Museum of Liverpool. There will also be guided tours of Liverpool’s Old Dock providing an exciting opportunity to see the bed of the ‘Pool’; the creek that gave Liverpool its name. Delegates will also enjoy seeing the work of the Young Archaeologists’ Club which encourages a new generation to have a passion for archaeology and history.

The conference brings together a prominent group of speakers with local, regional and national interests to share their experiences of working with the Merseyside Archaeological Society and how these successful collaborations might continue.

Talks will cover how the work of the Society has advanced archaeological research and delivered a series of successful projects. They will also look to the future; to envisage the challenges and opportunities that may arise and consider how the Society might adapt to build on past achievements.

Speakers include:
• Gill Chitty, University of York
• Ben Croxford, Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service
• Rob Lennox, University of York
• Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology, University of Salford
• Jamie Quartermaine, Oxford Archaeology North
• Norman Redhead, Heritage Management Director, University of Salford

To book tickets (from £12 – £25, £1.83 booking fee): :

Notes to Editors

Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool is one of the country’s most visited museums outside of London. It is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. The first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, it showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. It has attracted more than four million visitors since opening in July 2011. The prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 was awarded to the Museum for its commitment to human rights as well as its work with children and families from all backgrounds.

The Museum has received generous support from several major funders, and grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and individual donations. Major funders include the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS),Garfield Weston Foundation and the Clore Duffield Foundation.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) was responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England’s Northwest and had five key priorities: Business, Skills and Education, People and Jobs, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.

The European Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the North West is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government – for further information visit

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.5billion across the UK.

About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 2.8 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.