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Join us for an evening with Helen Geake, archaeologist and Green Party Member.

About Helen Geake

"After leaving school, I worked as an office junior in my home town of Bath. This proved very dull, and motivated me to go to university. After a year doing archaeology at UCL, I spent a summer at Sutton Hoo and loved the life and the intellectual excitement of excavating one of Europe's great archaeological sites. A doctorate followed my first degree, then twenty years working for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a pioneering project which records archaeological finds made by members of the public, mainly metal-detectorists. This has opened up all sorts of new avenues of data and research, and is now beginning to be copied in other countries.

For six years I also worked for the television programme Time Team, each episode intensively researching an archaeological site for three days with a convivial group of experts. With Tony Robinson, at that time a member of Labour's NEC, and Mick Aston, a lifelong socialist, my political knowledge grew at the same rate as my archaeological experience.

Archaeologists study change, and we are very aware of the different choices made by states and communities; we tend to be very political. After the coalition government began to disappoint, I looked around for a campaigning group, and eventually found the Green Party. I have now been the Parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Bury St Edmunds in both 2015 and 2017. The constituency tends to have a strong Green vote, perhaps allied to the party's healthy position in Suffolk's local government.

Many people feel that the Green Party is an irrelevance in our electoral system, or at best a single-issue pressure group which is very worthy, but perhaps not particularly practical. This talk will focus on why a political party which is underpinned by concern for the environment that we live in is not just a nice thing to have, but is essential for the future."

All are welcome to attend this free event.

There will be no Formal Hall following the talk, but all are welcome to join us for supper through the servery.


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