Last Wednesday I crossed London beneath rain clouds and under the weight of a backpack full of books and hiking equipment. Back in the UK for a handful of events, I had taken advantage of my free time to visit Dartmoor National Park and stock up on reading material without having to shell out for … More Memory & 7/7 @ Tavistock Square
After our involvement in the Public Archaeology 2015 Project (Narratives and Counter-Narratives – A Line Through Contemporary London), Oli Mould (Royal Holloway) and I got talking about the protest potential of protecting one of the remaining fragments of the Heygate estate, an amputated concrete footbridge, and turning it into a memorial to create, of sorts, … More Protest Memorialisation: Should we Protect ‘The Heygate Arch’?
Last month I attended the 2016 Digital Methods Initiative Winter School led by Richard Rogers and his team at the University of Amsterdam. Organised in the format of a data sprint the event saw participants attend a day of keynote talks presented by the likes of, among others, Lilie Chouliaraki, Mathieu Jacomy, Carolin Gerlitz and … More Mapping Maps and Gaps: A Critical Digital Cartography of the ‘Mediterranean Refugee Crisis’
The news of whales being found dead on Lincolnshire beaches yesterday brought John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea back to the forefront of my thoughts. I saw Vertigo Sea a couple of weeks back just before it closed at Umeå’s Bildmuseet. Sitting on a couple of beanbags with my fiancé, with the snow falling onto the frozen … More Bodies on Beaches: John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea
On a grey Saturday earlier this month I took part in a walking event on the archaeology of austerity entitled Narratives and Counter-Narratives – A Line Through Contemporary London. Organised by James Dixon and my colleague Lorna Richardson, the walk was the final installment of the Public Archaeology 2015 project that aimed to widen public … More Buried Memories of Austerity Past: The Moorgate Tube Crash and King’s Cross Fire
The UK’s annual national festival of the humanities, Being Human, drew to a close on the 22nd November but the memory of its many inspiring events lingers on. For me one of the highlights of the festival was the Goldsmith’s series of Radical New Cross events and more specifically a panel discussion coordinated and chaired … More Lewisham 13th August 1977: The Forgotten Battle?
I am really happy that my first publication of 2016 has been released. It is a development of a paper I presented in Rome back in 2012 and has been published as a contributory chapter in a book edited by Keir Reeves, Geoffrey R. Bird, Laura James, Birger Stichelbaut and Jean Bourgeois. The book, Battlefield … More New Publication: The memories & myths of WWII civilian suffering in the railways beneath London & Berlin
Just over a week ago, on Friday 13th November at 20:20 (GMT), I and my co-organisers and co-contributors were wrapping-up an event in the Northern Heating Chambers beneath University of London’s Senate House. We were ushering the remaining members of the audience towards a fire-exit that had been re-purposed as the event’s main access point, … More What might the Paris attacks mean for the city’s ‘Cat and Mouse’ Urban Exploration?
The digital recordings of the Graffiti Archaeologists! session from September’s EAA Glasgow conference have just been published and I thought I would re-post the recording of the paper I presented with a ‘virtual’ Lachland Macdowall here. This was the paper, entitled Buffing and Buffering: Street Art’s Accelerating Archaeologies, which we presented using Instagram in an … More Buffing and Buffering: Street Art’s Accelerating Archaeologies
Tickets for the Senate House Revealed Project that I have co-organised with Michael Eades, Carlos Galviz and John Stone at The University of London’s School of Advanced Study as part of the 2015 Being Human festival were put on general release yesterday. Places for the limited exclusive tours are already nearly all gone but there … More Senate House Revealed – Talking Underground