On the 27th March we were delighted to host the first DEBS workshop at The King’s Manor, University of York.
DEBS team members met with eighteen representatives from the six locally based history and archaeology groups taking part in the DEBS project in order to discuss the programme for the next twelve months. Members of the DEBS Advisory Committee attended the workshop also, including Nick Boldrini from the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers and Andrea Gilpin from Caring for God’s Acre.
So many fascinating conversations were had throughout the afternoon and lots of plans for next steps were made. We carried out several activities together to reflect on current practice and think about future ideas.
We enjoyed excellent presentations from Julian Richards, Andrea Gilpin, and Harold Mytum. Julian talked about the importance of digital archiving and outlined the ways that the Archaeology Data Service is working with DEBS to support digital data management for burial space research. Andrea Gilpin introduced Caring for God’s Acre’s new Heritage Lottery Fund Beautiful Burial Grounds project and talked to attendees about the ways in which the two projects are linked. Harold Mytum gave a packed presentation, outlining the many aspects of burial space research and discussed the potential impact of sharing data from research with the wider community.
If you were not able to come along to the event, here is the introduction that I gave to attendees: