SHA 2013: Travelling to Leicester

Leicester Railway Station, 1908

For all those who are starting to plan for their attendance at SHA 2013, a guide to travelling to Leicester is now available to download from the conference webpage.

The travel guide contains information and links to many useful websites, including:

- The UK Border Agency, for those who might need to arrange a travel visa or other supporting documentation in order to travel to the UK (not usually needed by visitors from the US or EU, but please do check);

- Airports serving Leicester and the southern part of the UK (East Midlands and Birmingham Airports are closest, with a wider range of international flights serving London’s Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick and Stansted Airports);

- Train companies serving Leicester Railway Station, as well as the BritRail and Eurail passes, for delegates looking to extend their visit and plan a continental adventure;

- Long-distance travel from the airport by taxi.

Maps of the University of Leicester and surrounding area, as well as further information about travelling to the city by road, rail or air, can also be found on the University of Leicester website, here.

There is now a myriad of online travel agents, competing with each other to deliver the cheapest deal on your flight, and so you might find a comparison website such as Skyscanner of use. Students and younger delegates might find the services of STA Travel useful, especially as they have a branch in the centre of Leicester. Other travel providers are available!

Later in the year we will provide a guide to travelling within Leicester. If you have any questions about travelling to the SHA 2013 conference that the travel guide is unable to answer, please leave them in the comments box below. We will try our best to answer them, and update the travel guide accordingly.

Image: [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

SHA Website Revamped and Expanded for 2012


Over 2011 there have been significant changes to the SHA Website that are only now seeing the light of day. Perhaps the most significant change will be a complete revamping of the site design to make it more user-friendly by easing navigation and of course make it even more visually appealing. The site design will launch over the next few weeks so be prepared for the change!

New features of the SHA Website are growing everyday, like this Blog initiatied by Terry Brock and the Social Media Subcommittee. Other new features launched in 2011 include:

A new Online Forum where professionals can discuss hot-button topics, artifact identifications, and nearly any other interesting aspect of Historical Archaeology. All you need to do is log into the member’s section of the SHA Website, and then read the instructions provided on the Member’s Homepage in PDF format. Then click on the “Forum” link on the left bar and you are off. Currently, there is an ongoing discussion of African cross marks on material culture moderated by Journal Editor Joe Joseph and President-Elect Charlie Ewen.

The Publications Explorer has also seen some revamping, thanks to the efforts of Joe Joseph, and University of Montana Graduate Student Riley Auge. To help researchers find resources that fit their needs, Riley has coded each article produced by the SHA since 1967 with keywords ranging from Time Period, to Region, to individual subjects. This is a new robust tool to help educators and researchers find just the article(s) they need for classes or projects.

In following posts I will share more information on other facets of the SHA Website that have been added in the last few years, but also provide a glimpse of other changes on the website, such as the preview of our new design above!

I would be remiss without thanking the whole Website team for their efforts in 2011, including Spectral Fusion Designs at the University of Montana, Jono Mogstad the SHA Webmaster, and of course my whole Advisorial Committee. The Website is a sizable beast to wrangle, and all these individuals and many more make my job a whole lot easier.