Archaeology Day 2020
Every year Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority supported by PLANED host an Archaeology Day in early November at the Merlin Theatre in Pembrokeshire College. But, of course, the event couldn’t go ahead this year, well not in the same format. Stuart Berry, the Echoes of the Past project officer at PLANED and Tomos Jones, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s archaeologist decided to run a virtual event this year. They needed some help in how to actually do it, so they got in touch. We decided to record short films of the speakers over the summer and then release them through YouTube on the day.
In fact, it was a little more complicated than that. Stuart and Tomos acted as comperes for the day and they presented the videos and the question and answer sessions on zoom. The zoom video was then live-streamed to YouTube on a channel that people could subscribe to. Sophie Jenkins, the Preseli Heartlands project officer administered the comments section of the YouTube channel and we ended up having a very successful, fully interactive, virtual Archaeology Day.
For DATRIS, the real benefit is that we now know how to do this. Some things could have been improved and others just worked better than expected. It was quite an experience, but I’ve learned a lot through doing it.