Archaeology, Museums and Outreach blog interviews Bamburgh’s Rachael Barnwell and their new outreach projects and initiatives, within Bamburgh and wider still.
I found this question and answer very interesting:
AMO: “What has been your experience in being inclusive of descendant voices in Bamburgh? Is this at all a contested issue in British archaeology?”
RB: “Firstly, descendant voices are not as central an issue in British archaeology as in other parts of the world especially when compared to places like the US and Canada. However, this is not to say that the issue is non-existent. Recent archaeologies of minority communities and groups within the UK have had to engage with descendant voices.
“In addition, the museums into which archaeological collections enter are for the most part very conscious of the collections’ source / originating communities, both in antiquity and in the present day and must navigate the complexities of representation in negotiation with these groups. Having said that, with regards to the Bamburgh area in particular, we’ve had no issues at all to date. The site and the associated human remains from the Bowl Hole have not been at all controversial in terms of descendant voices.”