The team behind the Digging for Britain TV series are looking for archaeological projects to do a video diary.
360 Production have run a 12 day dig diary of the excavation of a newly discovered Neolithic tomb on the Orkney island of South Ronaldsay. After discussing the project with archaeologists from ORCA, they ran a press release with the BBC online team. This story went right to the top of the headlines and got over 250,000 hits! They then linked through to the dig diary on our Youtube channel.
Click this link to see what they did with the ORCA team…..
Similarly the PAS lead excavation of the Bronze Age hoard in Burnham on Crouch has been viewed by over 20,000 people and had equal numbers of readers on the BBC news site. Watch Laura MacClean in action here:
They are looking for more of this – they want to show archaeology all year round as it happens online. The dig diary of the Orkney tomb has now had over 70,000 hits, people are coming back again and again to find out what you people really do in the field on a daily basis! They have learned from not only this example but from Digging for Britain series 1, that the public are enthralled by our work, and they want to know more…..
360 Production provide you with a handy-cam and basic script and then you tell Britain the story of your project day by day and how it is adding to our archaeological knowledge – if the dig/conservation lasts a day or a month – you can work together on the press release and grab people with a news story – who then follow you online. This need not be time consuming – a few minutes three times a day is plenty!
If you have a project which you want publicity for, please contact Gemma Hagen (firstname.lastname@example.org) now and together you can bring it to the wider audience.
Later this year CBA Yorkshire plan to run a workshop for those of you interested in doing your own online project video diaries.