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Secrets of successful exhibition

Exhibition organiser Debbie Miles-Williams, an Archaeological Illustrator in the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History,  reviews the recent Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors exhibition at the Charnwood Museum, Loughborough: Secrets Under Your Feet – Your Past Revealed in Art…

As our understanding of the past improves and our views of it become clearer, the role of the archaeological illustrator is vital in helping to record artefacts, produce plans, sections and elevations - and to picture places and events as they might have been. Their work is pivotal and of great importance in encouraging archaeologists to interpret their evidence, and thus provide a visual explanation to the public. 

To illustrate the importance of of visual interpretation of archaeology, an exhibition, was staged in Loughborough from November 2 – December 2, 2002, displaying a wide range of artwork produced by members of the Association of Archaeological Illustrators & Surveyors. 
Artefacts and information posters relating to projects currently run by the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History and the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) were on display. These projects – Alchester Roman Fort Archaeological Project, the Eye Kettleby Anglo-Saxon Settlement Project and the Abbey Park & Cavendish House Excavations attracted considerable interest.
Also on display were four fascinating reconstruction paintings produced by students from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History which were part of their work for the illustration module of an MA in Professional Skills.
The Association Association of Archaeological Illustrators & Surveyors. Is unique in currently being the sole representative worldwide for archaeological illustrators, who are employed by museums, professional archaeological units, university archaeology departments, and heritage organisations.

  • For more information contact Debbie Miles-Williams via email, 

November 2002

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