Finds handling presents a unique opportunity as an educational activity that Veterans can be a part of. In our second year of the Finds Programme, we will provide training for veterans to develop a handling collection that they will use to teach others about the benefits of archaeology for mental wellbeing. This programme not only cultivates and fosters a lasting connection to heritage, but it also gives participants the chance to discuss a number of sensitive topics, such as death, loss, injury and trauma.
Participants will build physical and digital assemblages over the period of a year. It will provide them with an opportunity to re-engage with the military community and to explore the historical context of the Battle of Waterloo in ways which may resonate with their own military experience. As ever, our dedicated and experienced team will be alongside participants every step of the way to ensure that their wellbeing is a priority and that appropriate support is provided as needed.
The Finds Programme is a collaboration between Wellbeing and Support specialists, archaeologists and museum curators. It provides a clear educational and goal setting structure that equips participants with new and meaningful skills whilst maintaining the overarching aim of improving their wellbeing.
Run in the second half of the year, the programme will offer a blended learning experience. The programme will be run virtually and in person in collaboration with WU’s partner, Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA). Workshops will cover finds handling and thematic understanding with a view to building a collection – these will be interspersed by in-person sessions at MOLA's Finds Warehouse in Bishop Stortford. This programme will also offer follow-up sessions and a reunion style showcase at the National Army Museum to finish the programme.