The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

SPMA Research Grants and Community Engagement Award

Thursday 21 May 2015

This year the Society has established a new Community Engagement Award, an annual opportunity for individuals, groups and societies to apply to the SPMA for funds to develop public-facing initiatives, whether one-off events, programmes of activities, digital archaeology or other creative outputs - furthering the core aim of the SPMA, to promote the archaeology of the late medieval to modern world. 

The first Community Engagement Award will be received by Archaeology Scotland, who will use the £500 award to organise a ‘taster’ dig for non-traditional heritage audiences as part of the Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival 2015.

The Society continues to make Research Grants to members twice a year; the latest round of grants have been awarded to:

  • Layla Renshaw of Kingston University; £430 for a research project into the Recovery and Commemoration of War Dead from Post-colonial and Post-imperial Contexts.
  • Terence Christian of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of Glasgow; £720 for St Kilda at War: mapping the unexplored Second World War sites of the St Kilda Archipelago.
  • Sean Doherty of the University of York; £350 for a project to identify the impact of climatic fluctuations on animal husbandry and the introduction of new fodder crops through the isotopic analysis of parchment collagen.

The closing date for applications to the next round of Research Grants is 1st September; find out how to apply on the Research Grants page, where you can also find a list of previous research grant holders