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Mike Corbishley

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Canterbury Archaeological Trust – Roman Canterbury, a journey into the past
www.canterburytrust.co.uk, 13 May 2011 [cached]
Mike Corbishley, Head of Education, English Heritage
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Association for Heritage Interpretation
www.heritageinterpretation.org.uk, 1 Feb 1999 [cached]
Mike Corbishley, Issue Editor
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Mike Corbishley is Head of Education and Interpretation at English Heritage
Book review. Pinning down the past: Archaeology, heritage and education today by Mike Corbishley | Australian Archaeological Association
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Pinning down the past: Archaeology, heritage and education today by Mike Corbishley
19th December 2012
Mike Corbishley The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2011, xvi+384 pp, ISBN 9781843836780
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The author of Pinning Down the Past, Mike Corbishley, is in a rather unique position to write this book, the fifth volume in the 'Heritage Matters' series produced by Newcastle University aiming to address issues confronting the heritage sector in the twenty-first century. He lectures on heritage education at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, but, more significantly, he has a long background as both a field archaeologist and an educator. He was one of the founders of the Young Archaeologists' Club, worked as a school teacher, was the Head of Education for English Heritage, and was involved in the development of education programs for archaeological projects in the UK, Greece and Turkmenistan. His more than four decades on the front line of archaeological education give him a special perspective on the worldwide development of archaeological educational outreach from both sides.
Although obviously aimed at a British audience and written largely from personal experiences, there is still much in this volume that is applicable to the Australian educational experience. This is particularly the case with chapters on the development of 'Archaeology and Education' that summarise learning resources available for educators, and present an overview of the inclusion of archaeology into school curricula from a global perspective. On the other hand, some chapters are perhaps too British- centric, especially the 'Archaeology and the Media' chapter, which is almost exclusively reviews of UK television programmes about archaeology. The chapter is not as useful as the rest of the volume in terms of direct examples of linking archaeology with learning experiences in the field, museums or the classroom. Corbishley emphasises at several points that the key message of this volume is that education should be looked at in its broadest sense, that is, to incorporate archaeology for the general public as well as in formal education.
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It is interesting to contrast our experiences with those described by Corbishley.
This volume is in many ways more a compendium than an instruction manual on archaeological education. It is not easy to read in its entirety, but works best when it is dipped into. As Corbishley himself writes, the book 'takes in turns areas ... present[ing] archaeology to the public and those in formal and informal education ...
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The examples presented in the volume of the use of archaeological material across non-history curricula areas are inspiring, and Corbishley rightly demonstrates that there are already sophisticated curriculum studies on areas of heritage management.
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Pinning down the past: Archaeology, heritage and education today by Mike Corbishley
Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) - EAANnouncements 7
www.seaa-web.org, 1 July 1992 [cached]
Contact: Mike Corbishley, Head of Education, English Heritage, Keysign House, 429 Oxford St., London W1R 2HD, UK; Tel. 071-973-3384; FAX: 071-973-3430.
Annual lecture - 'The Ancient Cities ...
friendsofcat.org.uk, 1 July 2009 [cached]
Annual lecture - 'The Ancient Cities of Merv, Turkmenistan: Archaeology, politics and education' by Mike Corbishley
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Mike Corbishley joined the Merv team in 2004 specifically to create education resources and training for Turkmen teachers. A teacher's handbook and activity sheets were published in 2005 - the first resources for Merv to be produced in the Turkmen language. This presentation looks at the recent work at Merv carried out by the Institute, in particular the education and outreach programmes carried out with and without the approval of the Turkmenistan authorities. Mike Corbishley has had a long association with Colchester and its archaeology. In 1977 he helped set up the Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust. After teaching archaeology and classics at Colchester Royal Grammar School, he went on to work as a full-time archaeologist, specialising in education and public outreach. He also excavated several rescue sites in the Tendring peninsula and worked on the annual research excavation at Wroxeter Roman city in Shropshire for over twenty years. He joined the Council for British Archaeology as their first education officer and went on to become Head of Education at English Heritage. He now lectures part-time in archaeology and education at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
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