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Archaeology Matters

CBA Research Bulletin

ISSN 1754-8691

The CBA Research Bulletin is an occasional series publishing research supported or commissioned by the Council for British Archaeology.

Number 1 (2007)

A survey of heritage television viewing figures

Heritage is a popular subject for television programme makers, with widespread coverage on both the terrestrial TV channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Five) and numerous digital channels. However, there is only limited information on who is watching these programmes. This report presents the findings of the first heritage television viewing figures study, undertaken by University of Bristol and TRP (Television Research Partnership) with BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) data, for the Council for British Archaeology and English Heritage. It aimed to provide an England-wide analysis of television viewing figures for heritage television and trend data for 2005-2006.

Heritage Viewing Figures (HTML)

Heritage Viewing Figures (PDF – 360KB)

Number 2 (2012)

Diversifying participation in the historic environment workforce

This report is the first of its kind: there is no previous research examining the ethnic diversity of the historic environment workforce. For the purposes of the project the ‘historic environment workforce’ was defined as everybody (including volunteers) working for organisations whose core activities involve the management, understanding, conservation, development, and enhancement of historic places and material.

This project was originally designed as a scoping survey that would identify all existing data and research pertaining to ethnic diversity in the sector. This report pulls together all known analysis and available data on the subject into one holistic analysis that examines all parts of the sector (including its educational, voluntary and professional elements).

Diversifying Participation in the Historic Environment Workforce (PDF – 2.7MB)

Number 3 (2014)

Young people and archaeology

This report presents the results of a survey which the Council for British Archaeology undertook to examine how the organisation might adopt a more strategic and sector-wide approach to youth engagement in archaeology, focusing particularly on the role of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. While acknowledging that there is already a variety of provision in the heritage sector for youth engagement, several barriers were also identified. The report concludes with a series of recommendations as to how the CBA might work with young people in the future.

Archaeology and young people (639.3K, .PDF)
CBA Research Bulletin 3

Number 4 (2014)

Archaeology education pathways: A Level and beyond - a survey of key stakeholders to review sustainability of the current progression pathways in academic Archaeology

This report presents the results of a survey commissioned by the Subject Committee for Archaeology via the Council for British Archaeology to examine the experiences and perceptions of key stakeholders involved in the delivery of Archaeology at both A level and degree. While archaeology remains popular in the media, there is considerable uncertainty over its future in both higher and further education. Recognising that high tuition fees and the perception of archaeology as a low-paid profession may have a negative impact on student applications, SCFA wished to explore ways in which higher and further education institutions might mutually support each other to encourage recruitment.

This report demonstrates that while nearly 40% of recent UK Archaeology graduates found employment outside the sector, the transferable skills learnt through the study of archaeology open up a wide range of employment opportunities.

Archaeology education pathways: A Level and beyond (2.2M, .PDF)
CBA Research Bulletin 4

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