Seevic Archaeology students to get hands on collections at Southend Museum

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Seevic and Southend Museum Partnership - left to right - Luisa Hagele - Nick Spenceley - Clare Hunt - Jamie SpracklenSeevic College Archaeology students will be given privileged access to the exhibits of Southend Museum.  

The brand-new A-Level Archaeology course, starting this September at Seevic, will give students the chance to get hands-on experience working with finds of real archaeological significance.      

The first intake of Archaeology students will have the chance to get involved with the London Shipwreck Project, handling the latest finds from the HMS London wreck near Southend Pier.

Museum staff are also set to deliver guest lectures at the College, and are keen to invite students to choose previously uninvestigated finds from Southend Museums’ collections to study in greater depth.

Luisa Hagele, Project Curator at Southend Museum – and former Seevic student herself – said: "There’s a personal research module on the Archaeology A-Level course that we hope will also involve students coming to get a closer look at our collections. They can explore some of the things that we haven’t had the chance to look into yet; so it’s a mutually beneficial relationship in many ways.

“I wanted to be an Archaeologist since I was about 13 years old, and I picked all of my GCSEs and A-Levels so I could go down that career route; if Archaeology had been offered as an A-Level at Seevic at the time, I’d have been one of the first people to sign up!”

Jamie Spracklen, Archaeology and Classical Civilisation Tutor at Seevic College, said: “Working in partnership with organisations like Southend Museums will allow our students to get access to fantastic professional support and resources, which will also give them some great practical experience with real archaeological techniques.

“It’s a really exciting time for local and community Archaeology – we’ve had so much interest since we announced the new Archaeology A-Level, not just from potential students but from historical societies and institutions keen to work with us as well.

"Our new students can look forward to some truly worthwhile opportunities working with some really terrific local organisations.”

Seevic is the only College currently offering A-Level Archaeology in South East Essex - find out more about taking A-Level Archaeology in Essex here.  

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