As a bit of a disclaimer, this post will not include any well-worn trowels, muddy boots, ancient artefacts, swarms of midges, or ugly jumpers. This post will, however, feature some Victorian silliness, Lego archaeologists, and an exclusive look at what it’s like to spend a year celebrating Scotland’s past with Dig It! 2015!
Dig It! 2015, co-ordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland, is all about demonstrating that archaeology really is for everyone. In addition to gathering learning resources, supporting organisations and creating bespoke events, we’ve developed a programme of hundreds of activities, from ‘traditional’ outdoor digs and museum exhibitions, to more unexpected events, such as theatre performances, music festivals and Minecraft sessions.
The Dig It! 2015 team is pretty small, but we have an extra member today, as one of our fantastic volunteers has joined us! Nuria Lopez, has been volunteering with us to research and analyse lifelong learning options in archaeology in Scotland. We used our lunch break to bring Nuria along to the ‘Photography: A Victorian Sensation’ exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, where we encountered the pioneers of photography. Of course, this excellent exhibition isn’t complete without a few silly shots.
After returning to the office, we settled back into our work. We recently ran an archaeology, art and photography competition with Forestry Commission Scotland, called Dig Art! 2015, and we’re now sorting out all of the amazing entries. One of the prizes for our promotional mini-competitions was personalised Lego characters, and we’re very excited to use the Day of Archaeology to premiere three new mini-members of the Dig It! 2015 Lego team! We’ll be mailing out these tiny archaeologists over the next couple of days – two within Scotland and one to Australia!
These pink Dig It! 2015 t-shirts (as seen in our #VictorianSensation photo) have naturally become the must-have fashion item of 2015 and we love it when they appear in our inbox or on social media. Photos have come from exotic locations such as Ethiopia, the United States, Cyprus and Dundee. The latest photo arrived last night from the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney (featured on the cover of National Geographic last year). Jenna Ward, a yearly volunteer at the dig and archaeology Masters student, braved the cold July weather to brighten things up a bit. Thanks, Jenna!
Finally, we’ll be sending copies of our new programmes to the Scottish Borders. The wonderful Borders Heritage Festival is featured in the programmes, and they have requested a few copies of their own. These programmes provide a taster of events happening throughout the country from July to December, and are also available throughout Scotland in places such as libraries, train stations, cinemas and airports.
Time to get back to answering all of your lovely emails, promoting activities, researching lifelong learning courses, coordinating events, and sifting through amazing Dig Art! 2015 entries. Hope you enjoyed this little behind-the-scenes tour. If you’d like to know more about Dig It! 2015, or get involved, please visit www.digit2015.com.