Here at DigVentures we’ve been really fortunate to get some great support from our social media buddies, many of whom have thrown their weight behind the Flag Fen Lives campaign. Over at Digital Digging, Henry Rothwell went one step further, and gave us a chance to explain the background to our innovative crowdfunding approach in an interview with Project Director Brendon Wilkins. Here’s an excerpt….
Appealing to a cash-strapped industry (archaeology) was always going to be a risk – how long did you kick the idea of crowdsourced archaeology around before it became worth the gamble?
“There’s a scene in Jaws when Chief Brody first catches sight of the mother of all Great White Sharks. ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’ he tells old sea dog Quint, staggering backwards at the enormity of the challenge. Our ‘bigger boat’ moment left us feeling exactly the same. We’d been working on the crowdsourcing/crowdfunding model for about a year and had a number of other great sites lined up – but when the opportunity came at Flag Fen to pitch our idea to Vivacity (the charitable trust who look after the Archaeology Park) everything just fell into place.”
Read more from Henry Rothwell’s interview over at Digital Digging HERE…
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