This blog post is to update everyone about what we’ve been doing over the last year. In under 13 months there has been a lot of activity by individual convenors and members, but also under the auspices of the Collaboratory itself.
First, we set up this website to outline what the Collaboratory is about.
It also serves as a blog, and all Members have been invited to write on it about their ongoing research activities and discoveries. If anyone hasn’t received an invite to write, and still wants to write about their endeavours, do get in touch with Howard (email@example.com). For example, in addition to blog posts by Howard, you can learn about:
- Paul Belford’s thoughts on conservation and Offa’s Dyke;
- Andrew Blake reporting on The Lancaut Day School
- John Swogger’s discussing his work on comics relating to Offa’s Dyke;
- Andy Heaton on the TRPG event at Trefonen;
- Me, writing about a new publication investigating the Pillar of Eliseg and its landscape context;
- Erik Grigg writing about Lyonshall;
- Mel Leggatt writing about The Community Stewardship of Mercian Monuments initiative (CoSMM);
- Keith Ray on the origins and purpose of the Collaboratory.
- Notes towards a Research Design
- Notes towards the Development of a Research Programme
- Notes towards a Research Agenda;
- Notes towards the Creation of a Conservation Agenda Complementary to Research
We hope to add useful Links to other projects and websites in due course.
The Offa’s Dyke started with a day-long workshop held at the University Centre Shrewsbury and co-organised by Howard with Dr Patricia Murrieta-Flores and Dr James Pardoe.
A diverse and fascinating academic conference session provided a rich range of comparative studies investigating the relationship of Wat’s Dyke and Offa’s Dyke with European and British dykes from prehistory and the Roman period through to the Middle Ages and their perception and reception in the modern era.
Papers focused on the management and conservation of Offa’s Dyke, but again looking at parallels and practices from elsewhere.
The Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory has issued a Call for Papers for a brand-new open-access academic journal to provide a context for both new research on the linear earthworks of the Anglo-Welsh borderlands and comparative studies with frontier works from other times and places.
Join the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory at any time by emailing Howard on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are an active researcher on relevant themes and topics in any discipline, including history, archaeology, heritage or place-name research.