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Meg Barclay

Meg Barclay

Community Engagement Officer
York Archaeology

Meg Barclay has worked in the museums and heritage industry for nearly 10 years following a history degree (MA Cantab) and completing a Norfolk Museum Service Traineeship specialising in learning and engagement. Her subsequent experience includes learning and engagement roles across public museums, private heritage organisations and university museums, connecting audiences with amazing collections and fascinating history. She currently works at York Archaeology managing the Archaeology on Prescription project which uses archaeology as a tool to support positive mental health and wellbeing.

Meg Barclay will be speaking at the Museums, Health & Wellbeing Summit 2024 :

Archaeology on Prescription: A Case Study

Passionate about breaking down barriers to understanding and connecting with the Past and History, she is interested in how artefacts and collections can be used to bring communities together for public benefit.

Discover the power and potential that archaeology has to facilitate well being and support mental health. Just inside Walmgate Bar in York’s city center, the site of a former care home is due for redevelopment. However, before this takes place, York Archaeology’s Community Engagement team have been running a social prescribing project called Archaeology on Prescription which uses archaeological fieldwork to support health and wellbeing of local residents. Breaking down the archaeological process into accessible steps, participants undertake archaeological fieldwork, finds processing, recording and researching, contributing ultimately to the final site archaeological record.

Meg Barclay