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That is a very good question. It depends in part how VT wants to be perceived, not only by us diggers, but the outside world. One for their comms people really. There's probably something in the T&Cs about not personal blogging etc if you're digging, I've not looked as I suspect it would be discouraged and have no wish to be at odds.

With TDP I prefer to check with them, so that we're all working from the same page and can get some good publicity for the TDP.

Some thoughts anyway. I'm fairly pro pro-active/community type comms, but am well aware of the risks in doing - and not doing - it simply as comms has been my day job for a fair few years.

The TDP approach additionally means I feel I can blog about it. For example, I checked in with TDP before this blog post: http://thewordmuses.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/417.

I also wrote the piece in the November edition local paper (under Helens's name - she's the FROG who runs the Greenwich group) and cleared it with TDP before it went to print.


Very much depends what Vindolanda want to do but, for what it's worth, I do think some social comms would be good.

Adding to what Sunny said:

There are 224 members on the Ning network; all of these are people who have done the TDP training and who are encouraged to take part and organise activities under the TDP. Over 400 people have done the TDP training, not all of them are on Ning or still involved with TDP.

Behind the log-in wall, there are

- TPD-produced documents eg, a Monitoring guide 'How to', information about the different evidence types you might find when monitoring, some documents about the terms used and definitions. All practical stuff that will help you when you are working and recording.

- As well as the forums, there is a 'blog' where members can post things they think of interest to a significant number of FROGs. (eg I've just put something up about an upcoming exhibition of paintings about the Thames.).

- a gallery of pictures taken during FROG activities.

- 'TDP News' a place for TDP staff to post info

- Events calendar (which any FROG can add to) is a mix of social stuff, monitoring visits (as FROGs set these up) and things such as relevant documentaries, lectures can go here (though you might also want to promote these on the blog).

The thing with the TDP is that its members, like diggers, have a variety of interests relating to the work done under the programme, which can be anything from family history to art to reception. The NING which, as Sunny says, has taken a bit to get going, offers a space for this and keeps the TDP in the loop with what we're doing and gives them some control over it.

Just want to say how useful I found this site ahead of coming to Vindolanda for the first time (makes me sound like an older hand than I am...). Accommodation, what to expect, what to bring. Potted history of the site too.

So thank you very much for that - and for the general friendliness of folks on here. It's one of the nicer forums I've used.

As a communications officer, I can well understand organisations' desire and need to keep some kind of control (Vindolanda definitely isn't unique in this!). The most successful ones at achieving this though, seem to do this by offering something that has the kind of audience-specific element. In this case, several people have stressed the social side of things and I think that it would be useful if the Trust did maintain and moderate something (whether Facebook or something else) similar.

I'm on Facebook and would welcome a social page there for Vindolanda, where new and old diggers could ask questions and share but not everyone is. However, one of my other archaeological interests is (like Sunny *waves*) the Thames Discovery Programme, which has a not-open-to-the-public area forums and information that that the TDP control and moderate. Something like a slimmed down version of this might perhaps be appropriate?