The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

SPMA seeks new members of Council

Friday 9 August 2019

SPMA has three vacancies for Ordinary Members of its Council, an Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary to start in December 2019.

Council Members must also be members of the SPMA, and we are keen to have a strong balance on Council between different sectors and interest groups in the discipline, such as academics, community archaeology groups, museum professionals, members of heritage organisations, and commercial archaeologists. We are also keen to have representatives with research interests from around the world.

The Secretary, Emma Dwyer, and Treasurer, Kerry Massheder-Rigby, will be standing down from their respective roles at the AGM in December 2020, and so we are also seeking an Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer to shadow and assist Emma and Kerry in their roles, with a view to taking over the Secretary and Treasurer roles in December 2020. 

SPMA Council carries out much of its business during quarterly Council meetings at locations across Britain - reasonable travel expenses for attendance are reimbursed. By arrangement Council members can also participate in meetings remotely by Skype. As the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology is a registered charity, the Members of Council are its trustees; they ensure that the charity is running well and does what it was set up to do. You can find out more about being a charity trustee on the Charity Commission website.

If you would like to find out more about Council roles and what is involved, email Emma Dwyer at

In order to consider potential applicants for Council nominations, please provide a summary of your qualifications/professional background and experience, and what you feel you could bring to the role. Please send this statement to the SPMA’s Secretary at by Monday 16th September 2019. All of the candidates will be considered by Council and we will make a recommendation of our preferred candidates to the AGM on Wednesday 18th December. Any SPMA member can also put themsleves up for election at the AGM, by submitting a nomination to the Secretary 21 days in advance of the meeting.