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Prof Harold Mytum M.A. D.Phil. F.S.A.

Director, Centre for Manx Studies Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology


Personal Statement

I am an archaeologist who began excavating whilst at school, and continue to enjoy fieldwork and the excitement of discovery, training students in methods and interpretation through projects in Ireland and the Isle of Man. I prefer working on initiatives that have an outcome beyond the academic - for local communities or to assist authorities in managing and interpreting the heritage. This approach was first developed in an ongoing connection with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park at the Iron Age fort of Castell Henllys which is open to the public and has a number of reconstructed buildings based on the excavated evidence we recovered. I am also working with Irish and Manx communities on the management of their graveyards, and serve on the York Diocesan Advisory Committee. At present I am Vice-president of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, and we are promoting the importance of the archaeology of recent times in terms of research, heritage protection and public interpretation.

Personal Distinctions

  • 50th Anniversary Congress Plenary lecturer and Chair (Keynote Speech, Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology 2016)
  • Invited session chair (NAS and SPMA joint international conference 2015)
  • Lecture in International speaker series (Invitation to Speak, University of Ghent 2015)
  • Public lecture (Invitation to Speak, Society of Antiquaries of London 2014)
  • Invited keynote speaker, Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place Conference (Keynote Speech, University of Sydney 2014)
  • International SHA Conference invited Chair and Discussant (Invitation to Speak, L McAtackney, UCD 2014)
  • Invited University of Bristol research seminar (Invitation to Speak, Archaeology Dept, University of Bristol 2013)
  • Invited Leeds International Medieval Congress session moderator and chair (Invitation to Speak, B Jervis, English Heritage 2013)
  • R.M. Baguley Award for best paper in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 78 (with co-author K Murphy) (Prize, Prehistoric Society 2012)
  • Invited lecture Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (Invitation to Speak, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Aberdeen and Glasgow 2011)
  • Invited International SHA Symposium co-organiser,with J James, US National Parks Service (Invitation to Speak, SHA Conference Committee, Baltimore 2011)
  • International ICAC and EXARC conference speaker invitation (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee, ICAC and EXARC, Calafel, Spain 2011)
  • Royal Archaeological Institute and English Heritage Open Lecture Award (Prize, Royal Archaeological Institute and English Heritage 2002)

Administrative Roles

  • Director, Centre for Manx Studies
  • HLC lead in Heritage (research and teaching)
  • HLC lead in Knowledge Exchange (KE)

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