At the CBA Winter General Meeting on 2 March community archaeologists from across the UK came together to mark the culmination of our Community Archaeology Training Placement project.
Over the last four years, the CBA has provided 51 year-long work placements in partnership with organisations all over England, Wales and Scotland. At the event, former trainees and their mentors shared their experiences of the project, including many inspiring stories. These included Richard Taylor, who completed his placement with Kent County archaeology services. Richard reflected on a year that encompassed medieval, Roman, First World War and Palaeolithic archaeology with local people from school children to the county archaeological society.
At the event the CBA also launched the fifth in our series of Research Bulletins: Workplace learning for community archaeologists, which can be downloaded free of charge. The Bulletin includes great case studies from our placements and reflections on the future of community archaeology and workplace learning for community archaeologists.
Our project has provided further proof of the many benefits that community archaeology provides to local people all over the UK, to archaeology and to professional archaeologists. It has also shown that learning ‘on the job’ is a very effective way for people to gain vital skills and knowledge. Working together with our many partners, we have succeeded in developing a wide-reaching network of highly skilled community archaeologists who will be a very positive influence on British archaeology far into the future.