The Institute of Archaeology at UCL is marking its 75th anniversary, with a high-profile series of debates. These will follow a ‘Question Time’ format where panels of key public and professional figures will consider a series of major themes relating to the role of archaeology in the modern world.

On 12 March at 6:15pm, I am speaking on ‘Archaeology and Contemporary Society’ which will examine the ways in which the human past plays a key role in the current socio-political environment.

My fellow panellists are:

Sara Selwood (Chair) is an independent cultural analyst, research and writer. She is currently an Honorary Professor at both City University and University College London. She has written extensively on the relationship between the expectations of policy and the publics’ experience of cultural provision – in relation to museums, in particular.

Nathan Schlanger’s research interests include the history and politics of archaeology. Since 2005 he has been in charge of international research and development at the French national institute for preventive archaeological research (INRAP), dealing with the relations between development, research and outreach in contemporary archaeology.

Neil Faulkner FSA is a Research Fellow at Bristol University, Founder-director of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project, a leading activist in Counterfire and the Coalition of Resistance, and the author of A Marxist History of the World (www.counterfire.org).

Ben Cowell is Assistant Director, External Affairs for the National Trust, where he has recently led the Trust’s campaign against the Government’s proposed reforms to the planning system.

Each debate, will commence at 6.15pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 followed by a drinks reception in the A.G. Leventis Gallery