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End of Courses

I had thought October was crazy last term, was I ever wrong! This whole semester has been go, go, go.

Work for the iPhone app has more or less come to a close. AP and I went with our talent to get the audio recorded last week, and the two of us are going in to help with editing tomorrow afternoon. After that we’ll drop it all off, I’ll hand in my receipt so I can get reimbursed for the cost, and that will be that. It’s taken a lot of work but it has really come together. Everyone in the PHG has done so much and worked so hard. I can hardly wait to see the final product once the app designers have completed inputting our content.

Still haven’t heard anything from the research ethics board. I will have to ask my supervisor if he has heard anything. Which reminds me, I need to charge all my GPS trackers so I can test them soon. Need to make sure they are all tracking properly. The one I tested a few weeks ago worked really well. Need to come up with something for them to be carried in by the participants in my MA research as well.

I posted a link to the article I wrote for my writing for the public assignment a couple weeks ago. I wrote a guest blog post about the lack of history content on History Television and it was published by The History Education Network and Active History. I also handed in the associated write up to my public history prof, so that is all taken care of.

The final paper for the heritage management class is more or less done. I am going to edit it one more time and then I will send it off to be marked. I’m pretty happy about it and it was fairly fun to write– I focused on how archaeologists and archaeology are depicted in films and how that impacts applied archaeologists.

My research proposal defense is coming up in a couple weeks. We did a mock defense with the anthropological methods classes as our final assignment and mine went really well so I am not too worried about the actual thing at this point. I’ve been working on my Spanish a bit the past few days and that is boosting my confidence a bit. Hopefully the Spanish and defense go over well, that way I can stay focused on the Spanish instead of reworking my project.

TAing is coming to an end. The classes exam is on the 25th and once that is over I will blog about my experience with the class.


Ignite Culture TAKE 2

So, at the beginning of April I gave another Ignite Culture talk, this time in London. It was about how to inspire engagement amongst the public. Here is the link, please check it out and feel free to leave comments.

Guest Blog Posts

Just wanted to post the links to the guest blog I wrote about History Television for Active History and The History Education Network (THEN).

Active History:



And so, it begins…


My name is Alison Deplonty, and I’ll warn you now, I’m new to this.  I’m an Archaeology MA student (with an ever so evident Public History bent) at The University of Western Ontario.  My MA project involves the study of the complex interactions of actors and actants, and their effect on visitor experience, at archaeological site museums on the north coast of Peru.

Let’s just start with a little about me:

  • I graduated from Western with a BA, honours double major in Anthropology and History, in June 2011.
  • I love Peru and have been there twice for month long stints, first as part of an archaeological field school led by Dr. Jean-Francois Millaire, and second to do preliminary field work for my MA.
  • I have worked at two historic sites, Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Banting House National Historic Site of Canada in London, Ontario.
  • My passion is the public, and I feel it is the responsibility of professionals (and academics) to disseminate and mobilize their knowledge.

The purpose of this blog is to act as a hub of information for myself and those interested in my MA project, public history and public archaeology, and general information about my time in graduate school and transition into the working world.

Well, this seems like a good start, so…

Until next time.