Media Archaeology: a day in the life of Current Publishing

Hello and welcome to Current Publishing, home of Current Archaeology, Current World Archaeology, and Military History Monthly. My name’s Carly – I’m the Assistant Editor of CA and CWA, and I’ll be your guide today.

The Styreni - a fierce tribe who guard our office.

The Styreni – a fierce tribe who guard our office.

Right now we’re in between magazine cycles – our sister magazine MHM went to press yesterday, and CA will be the next to go, in mid-August. That means things are relatively quiet, but there’s still lots to get ready for the next issue.

On the CA side of things, our Editor Matt is busy getting our next set of features ready to send back to contributors. We’ve got some super stories in store for you – really looking forward to sharing them with you once CA 283 is in print! Meanwhile I’ve been setting up some news stories and keeping regular content ticking over.

Back issues of CWA, which we've been going through in the run-up to our 10th anniversary issue.

Back issues of CWA, which we’ve been going through in the run-up to our 10th anniversary issue.

It might be a little while before the next CWA goes to the printers, but things are really buzzing on the international side of the office, as we’re working towards our 10th anniversary issue. Lots of exciting ideas bouncing around at the moment – particularly to do with the cover – I can’t wait to see how it shapes up over the next few weeks. Speaking of exciting, the latest issue of CWA has just come out in the shops – we’re really pleased with how it looks, and we hope you enjoy it too.

Normally Friday is Treats Day, but alas, this week our advertising guru Mike, who normally brings the yummy things, is on holiday – but never fear, our lovely intern Polly, who’s helping out with editorial, has gallantly stepped into the breach, surprising us with some super sweeties. Talk about making a good impression! We love having extra hands on deck – it’s wonderful to have the help, and such fun sharing our love of the past with people who are equally keen.

Friday cocktails - photo by Polly

Friday cocktails – photo by Polly

Friday fun doesn’t stop there, though – 5pm is cocktail o’clock, with today’s concoction mixed by Grace from advertising. It’s part apple, part strawberry, part gin, and entirely delicious.

Most of our days have themes – on Tuesday we take it in turns to cook lunch for the team – it tends to be something easy to make in bulk, so we started with chillis and now people are getting creative with curries. There’s only one person left on the rota, though, so we’ll need another theme soon. Thursdays tend to see the more energetic members of the team sloping off to play tennis at lunchtime, and today a bold few went for a run/bootcamp beside the river.

This desk is an ancient monument (or at least you have to excavate it if you need to find something!)

This desk is an ancient monument (or at least you have to excavate it if you need to find something!)

We hope you’ve had a good Day of Archaeology – here in Chiswick CWA has been tweeting ‘mystery artefacts’ that we dug up while going through back issues in preparation for the anniversary issue, while CA readers have been naming their favourite heritage landmarks in Britain. Wishing you more fun and games over the weekend!

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Current World Archaeology’s Facebook page is here, and we tweet as @worldarchaeo.