Education & Community
Graham and Cathy carry out a great deal of outreach work, in universities, schools and local communities.
We teach extensively for the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education on undergraduate and post-graduate courses, conferences (Graham has organised two of these, on Monastic Archaeology and Medieval Palaces), national and international Summer Schools, and evening/daytime classes. Graham also teaches at the College of Estate Management. At the younger end of the spectrum, we have run workshops for primary and secondary schoolchildren at the Tower of London, as well as establishing and jointly running an annual event there as part of the National Archaeology Week since 1998. This nationwide event co-ordinated by the Young Archaeologist’s Club has gained a very high profile through media coverage. Graham is also involved with undergraduate and post-graduate conservation course through his work at Rochester Cathedral, where he supervises students on a variety of projects.
Tower of London foreshore
We have been involved in education and outreach work at the Tower of London for more than 10 years. This world-famous site is visited by several million tourists every year, but it also sits on the of some of London's most deprived urban areas. Historic Royal Palaces, as managers of the castle on behalf of the Crown, takes irs responsibilities to this community very seriously, and hosts open weeks for local schools on several occasions during the year. We have participated in many of these, offering archaeologically themed sessions to introduce primary school pupils to the site's long and fascinating heritage. We also designed a discovery box simulating an archaeological excavation, with real artefacts from the Tower's own collections. The major focus of our ongoing outreach work here, hwoever, is our annual event on the Tower foreshore.