FSARG Evaluation Meeting

27th March 2007

Present: Pat Reid, Jim Reid (Chair), Marian Spouse, Eve Hurste, Teddy Kempster, Barrie Parkhouse, Joyce Lawless, Pauline Sieben, Mike Tillman, Emma Burford, John Clarkstone, Caroline Clarkstone, Diane Skinner, Lesley Shea, Ron Elsey, Rosemary Cotton, Norman Cotton.


Apologies:  Margaret Harding, Nigel Mannouch, Suzanne Miles, Keith Robinson, Pat Wheatley.


Firstly, great thanks for such a good turnout.  I hope that those of you unable to attend will read this carefully and let me know your views. This was, I think, a very honest session which is what made it so useful.


The report starts with a topic which came from the floor, and is, I think, more important than any of the others.


1. Decision making about directions.


It was agreed that decision making about directions for the annual programme should be shared more widely, now that the initial ‘introductory’ stage of FSARG is over.  Such over-arching decisions need to be made in the late autumn for the next year, so that early approvals, grants and permissions can be sought.


Solution:  to have a Strategic Planning Meeting for any member who wants to participate at the end of November from 2007 onwards.  Date will be posted on the FSARG website after 2nd May.


An afterthought: this meeting should also include decisions about funding applications.  Such applications are integrally related to strategic plans.


2. Training


It was felt that the almost whole range of skills had been covered, and what was needed was consolidation and experience, especially of contextual excavation. The most serious omission was to do with training in archaeological illustration





3. Community links


We identified links already made with householders, Faversham Society members, library users, schools, old people’s homes and the more general public through the Favsoc’s Open House and Open garden Scheme and exhibitions.  These should continue. Agreed that we haven’t really evaluated the effectiveness of these contacts, and that local people need to be encouraged more to investigate their own gardens.





4. Archaeological standards and skills


People found it hard to judge this one, but felt that generally it was OK.  The needs for improving record keeping was acknowledged, also an on-going need for training and support in finds identification.





5. Internal communications


Generally felt to be good, but some members would like contact details for other members.





6. External communications


The main topic here was publication, including the website, in relation to a) FSARG members b) general public, c) archaeological world.   Website much applauded, but Mike felt that we’d lost our deadlines this year and need a more rigorous timetable.  Pat dithering about who are the appropriate audiences for the HSX05/ 06 project summary which are being worked on at the moment.





7. Fun & sense of achievement


No problems – no discussion!


Finally - this is an on-going process, not a finished product.  I suspect that, like me, you are having afterthoughts.   If so, could you give some practical thought as to how we can share our ideas more effectively and make more joint decisions?  I’m all for it!



Pat Reid

March 28th 2007




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