The NVQ in Archaeological Practice is a vocational qualification that accredits professional competency via a portfolio of candidate's work. Over the past three years the NVQ has been undertaken by trainees as part of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project coordinated by the CBA.
The Government has just announced that it has confirmed the plans for the English Heritage new model which will ‘go live’ on 1 April 2015.
A consultation has been launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council to consider the future of the region’s archaeology services, which are linked to planning. The services are shared across the authorities of Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, and Warrington and Halton, the majority of the historic county of Cheshire.
On Friday 19th September CBA coordinated two half-day events in collaboration with the Wilberforce Trust and hosted by the Treasurer's House, York. Focus was on widening access to the historic environment for individuals with visual impairment, in pursuance of the CBA's vision of 'archaeology for all'.
The CBA have joined with partners from across the heritage sector to call on the British Government to ratify the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Heritage.
Can you help us to track down a series of lesser-known ‘National’ munitions factories to try and get a more complete picture for the Home Front Legacy project?
The Roman stronghold Ravenglass, once a fort at the southern tip of Hadrian’s Wall, will see the second season of a £125,000 community study into the key civilian settlement site.
A team from the University of Leicester is to investigate the potential use of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology to advance understanding of our heritage.
Roman finds, including human remains, discovered in a utility trench close to a known Roman burial site in York.
The winners of the 2014 British Archaeological Awards were announced yesterday (Monday 14 July) at an exclusive awards ceremony, compèred by Loyd Grossman, Chair of the Heritage Alliance, and Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology at the British Museum.
More than 2,000 visitors from around the world attended the grand opening of Salisbury Museum’s new £2.4 million world-class Wessex Gallery of Archaeology on Saturday 12 July which was opened by anthropologist and TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts.
Team CBA are taking to the river Ouse on Sunday 13th July to compete in the annual York Dragon Boat Race. The team are fundraising to support the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC). Show your support through SPONSORSHIP today
'Training and Trenches' is a community archaeology project using historical research and archaeological recording techniques to investigate three First World War sites in the Settle area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
On Sunday 6th July the second stage of the Tour de France Grand Départ started in York, passing directly by the Council for British Archaeology's office: Beatrice de Cardi House
On 28th June 2014 CBA ran a training day that coincided with Armed Forces Day. Field-based and focusing on the extant military remains at Reighton Sands, North Yorkshire, the aim of the day was to further understanding of twentieth-century defence landscapes.
On Thursday 26th June 2014, colleagues from across the UK heritage sector came together for a Graduation event in York, organised by the Council for British Archaeology to celebrate the achievements of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project
CBA Chair of Trustees, Jane Grenville, has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2014 for her outstanding contribution to higher education.
Minister of Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP praises Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) member for his involvement in a local campaign to protect the archaeology of Didcot.
On Monday 2nd June 2014, colleagues from across the UK heritage sector came together for a Graduation event at National Museum Cardiff, organised by the Council for British Archaeology to celebrate the achievements of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project
Beatrice de Cardi, the first Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology, celebrated her 100th birthday at a special party at the Society of Antiquaries of London yesterday.
It was announced today that the Council for British Archaeology’s recent book, Star Carr: Life in Britain after the Ice Age, has been short-listed for the Best Archaeological Book prize in the prestigious British Archaeological Awards.
On 14 May 2014 the CBA hosted a one-day seminar to discuss common issues facing the historic environment information management sector and make progress towards a shared vision and agenda. Get involved with ongoing discussions and recap on the day through YouTube, Storify and Twitter!
The CBA have written to Sheffield City Council to stress the archaeological significance of Ancient Woodland in response to a public consultation over plans to create a new motorway service station close to junction 35 of the M1.
The Whitehawk Camp partnership formed of Centre for Applied Archaeology (University College
London), Brighton & Hove City Council’s Royal Pavilion & Museums and Brighton and Hove
Archaeological Society, has today received £99,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an
exciting community archaeology project based in Brighton.
The CBA have written to the Prime Minister over concerns about bio-diversity off-setting and the impact this could have on the archaeology of the UK's historic and ancient woodlands.
The CBA have responded in favour of proposed changes to the Scheduled Ancient Monuments Act in Wales which will make it easier to prosecute anybody who causes damage to a scheduled site.
Council for British Archaeology launches online app to enable local people to record the surviving remains of the First World War across Britain and help to protect them.
Great news in the case of the Dissenter's Graveyard in Exeter, which has been saved from development, and is now the subject of an archaeological investigation and restoration project.
North Yorkshire County Archaeology Service at risk after new budget cuts agreed by Yorkshire County Council (March 2014)
The CBA have responded to an outline planning application for a housing development next to Offa's Dyke near Oswestry, including concerns over the lack of heritage information.
Welsh Minister for action over Welsh Chapels
In a last minute move, Oswestry Town Council has voted to reverse its decision on the final parcel of housing by Old Oswestry hillfort.
The 34th Beatrice de Cardi Annual Lecture at the British Academy on 24 February 2014 was presented by Michael Wood who with Brian Marsh OBE of the Marsh Christian Trust, presented the 2013 Marsh Award winner for Community Archaeology to Matt Champion, director of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey project.
Save Cardiff Coal Exchange! A concerned local has launched a petition to stop the local council from demolishing the interior of one of the finest Victorian buildings in Wales, leaving only the facade.
The CBA has written to Northamptonshire County Council after the BBC reports on proposed budget cuts to the region's Heritage and Archives service.
The CBA responds to the inquiry for the Culture Minister in England on the future of local government archaeology services.
Northamptonshire County Council are proposing to cut the budget for Archives and Heritage by £75,000 over the next 5 years.
IfA’s Petition for a Royal Charter of Incorporation was considered by the Privy Council at its meeting on 11
February 2014, and Her Majesty the Queen was pleased to sign the Order of Grant. Celebrate now, but save some capacity for later! Several profound formalities need to happen before the
new Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) comes into being.
Read the official CBA response to the English Heritage new model proposals.
The CBA respond to potential cuts to heritage services at Cheshire West and Chester Council
Funding has been confirmed for the first stages of an exciting new project to help local communities to record at risk coastal heritage sites in England.
CBA Director Mike Heyworth talks to Adjacent Digital Politics about the role of archaeology in the planning system.
In a speech given at the British Library, Culture Secretary Maria Miller looks at why culture matters.
More information about proposed budget cuts to the Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service.
English Heritage has commissioned an evaluation of the role, impact and value of Research Frameworks for the historic environment sector in England (including, but not limited to, archaeology and the built environment).
CBA respond to proposed budget cuts to Tyne and Wear Specialist Conservation Team
As part of their support for a broad range of projects supporting public understanding of the environment and countryside, the NINEVEH Charitable Trust are now including archaeology within their funding remit. This could include any projects that inform the public about countryside use historically and how such use has influenced land occupation and use today.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced at weekend English Heritage's plan to double the number of listed war memorials using the volunteer input of the War Memorials Trust.
Exploration of Wales’ archaeological treasures is set to be transformed, not only for those with limited knowledge of archaeology but also seasoned archaeologists alike, with the launch of the fun and interactive Archwilio app – a world first for Wales.
The Council for British Archaeology has announced The Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey as the winner of the 2013 Marsh Award for Community Archaeology.
Historian, broadcaster and television presenter, Dan Snow was inaugurated as the new President of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) at the organisation's AGM at the British Academy in London yesterday.
Given today's travel disruption, our annual De Cardi Lecture with Michael Wood has been cancelled. We are hoping to rearrange the lecture for a date early next year to be announced on our website.
The CBA's AGM will take place as planned from 4-5pm today at the British Academy, 11 Carlton House Terrace, London.
On Monday the BBC's One Show looked at the site of Epiacum near Alston in Cumbria where moles have been helping archaeologists uncover Roman artefacts.
Six members of staff from the Council for British Archaeology will be donning their trainers to take part in the Yorkshire corporate relay marathon, as the New YAC Dolls team, to raise funds for the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC).
Our submission of Deptford Dockyard and Sayes Court Garden for the 2014 World Monuments Watch has been successful! This is brilliant news for Deptford dockyard and will bring deserved recognition of the immense wealth of heritage that currently lies hidden beneath the concrete. Perfectly timed, as Deptford celebrates its 500th anniversary this year.
The Nov/Dec issue of the magazine includes features on Richard III, excavations at Burrough Hill, a lake village at Wigtownshire, Ecton Mines and finding the Romano-British underclass in the archaeological record.
A Graduation ceremony was held on 20th September at All Saints North Street, York, to congratulate our 2012 intake of Community Archaeology trainees on successful completion of their placements and to express thanks to their host supervisors and mentors.
The first phase of the long-awaited improvements to the setting and visitor experience of Stonehenge will be launched to the public on Wednesday, 18 December 2013.
New exhibition Creative Spirit: Revealing Early Medieval Scotland opens this autumn at the National Museum of Scotland.
This month a further 13 individuals take up post as Community Archaeology Trainees with host organisations located across England, Scotland and Wales. This is the fifth cohort of the popular scheme of year-long training placements in Community Archaeology run by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Skills for the Future programme.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) faciliated a UK forum in March 2013 for local archaeological and historical societies and community groups. Read the discussion paper and take part in our UK survey.
We estimate that leaders of our Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC) branches volunteer at least 70 hours each per year, the equivalent of 40,000 hours or 5,600 days across the whole network. Help support a branch near you by sponsoring the YAC relay team 'The New YAC Dolls' in the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 20 October.
This new blog developed by the WEA Digability Project aims to provide a space for the discussion and debating of issues relating to inclusive archaeology and heritage education.
The Chancellor's Spending Review announcement for 2015-16 contained a
significant piece of news for the heritage sector in England, that "the
Government will work with English Heritage to consult on establishing a
charity to care
for the historic properties in the National Heritage Collection on a
self-financing basis, supported by Government investment of £80 million
Council for British Archaeology Director Mike Heyworth pays tribute to the man who championed 'Archaeology for All'.
As part of English Heritage’s project to transform the setting and visitor experience of Stonehenge, a section of the A344 road running right past the monument, almost touching the Heel Stone, will be permanently closed from Monday 24 June.
Presentations and case studies from the Forum are now available online with a discussion paper. Share your views to help us support the future of societies.
The CBA's 23rd Festival of Archaeology has been undergoing a rebrand with a refreshed name, logo and visual identity. A new website has also been launched with an enhanced 'what's on' area to help visitors to choose the activities which interest them from over 1,000 events on offer throughout the UK.
On the cover and exclusively for British Archaeology, the archaeologists and conservators working on the Staffordshire Hoard describe what has been happening – and what they have found.
The Council for British Archaeology is pleased to announce that 12 further organisations have been confirmed to host youth-focused Community Archaeology Training Placements from September 2013.
First peer-reviewed paper on the University-led archaeological search for Richard III in the latest issue of Antiquity.
Several CBA Community Archaeology trainees attended the Institute for Archaeologists' Conference in Birmingham between 17th and 19th April 2013. This provided an excellent opportunity to share their work with colleagues from the across the sector with poster displays, session presentations and general enthusing!
ICOMOS-UK 2013 Summer Meeting and AGM to be held at Creswell Crags Museum where Britain’s only example of Palaeolithic cave art was discovered in 2003.
The ATF Award was presented to the Thames Discovery Programme in recognition of its work with volunteers recording the archaeology of the Thames Foreshore over the last five years.
The HLF funding stream 'Remembering the First World War' will provide funds to help people explore the history and legacy of the war and how it impacted on their community.
IfA welcomes Scottish Government announcements on historic environment strategy and structures.
Applications still open for the awards that celebrate efforts of local people in saving their heritage. Closing 19 May.
From 3.30pm the session will be streamed live with the opportunity to join the conversation via social media.
One of the most important Roman naval bases in the north of England will be investigated by a community investigation in a study funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
'Europe's Lost World: The rediscovery of Doggerland' investigating the submerged landscape of the North Sea Basin is back in print by popular demand.
The Society of Antiquaries is the oldest provincial antiquarian society in England being founded in 1813.
A project part-funded by a £54,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant has started this week to uncover the Roman archaeology of Navenby.
The fire that began on Monday at the Cuming Museum in Southwark has destroyed the museum's roof and two displays.
Birmingham Museums has been awarded over £700,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create new gallery for the Staffordshire Hoard.
As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act and the rise of the popular movement to protect the historic environment, 21st century conservation charities, supported by English Heritage, have launched a Heritage Help advice portal.
A unique project to recreate a 4000 year old boat will reach its dramatic conclusion on Wednesday 6 March as the replica is launched into the waters of Falmouth Harbour.
Archaeologists probing potential foundation areas for Chester’s iconic new theatre have discovered the remains of two Roman roads.
The next issue of Briefing is almost due. This is the CBA's listing of fieldwork, conferences, notices and other events published in our British Archaeology magazine every two months and online.
The Council for British Archaeology has welcomed the decision to withdraw controversial plans for the rebuilding of a pub on the historically sensitive site of Castle Hill, Huddersfield.
A new Heritage Lottery Fund small grant scheme was launched yesterday by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
Nominations are sought for the 2013 ATF Training Award to recognise and promote best practice in training or professional development in archaeology.
For more information about fieldwork opportunities during April and Summer 2013 see CBA Briefing in British Archaeology magazine and online.
A facial reconstruction commissioned by the Richard III society reveals what he might have looked like.
University of Leicester and Channel 4 release first image of battle-scarred skull - potentially that of King Richard III - ahead of announcement of identity of skeleton.
The Council for British Archaeology will offer 12 year-long 'youth-focused' work-place learning bursaries from September 2013. Organisations from across the UK are sought to host these placements.
A scaled model of a Belgian battlefield built on Cannock Chase during the
First World War to prepare soldiers for trench warfare is to be unearthed.
Archaeologists from around the globe were told that UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention was under serious threat at the launch of the 7th World Archaeological Congress (WAC-7) at the Dead Sea in Jordan on Sunday night.
Applications are invited for Community Archaeology Training Placements, managed by the Council for British Archaeology and located with host organisations across the UK
The Council for British Archaeology has announced another eight organisations to host Community Archaeology Training Placements from April 2013. The fourth cohort in the highly popular programme of year-long work-based learning placements will build upon partnerships and forge links with organisations new to the scheme. In a significant development the reach of the project will be extended to placements in west Scotland, East Anglia, and South West England.
Wakefield Council has secured £39,000 towards the cost of the Ackworth Hoard and is now displaying a selection from the Hoard in Pontefract Museum. The Council expects to secure around £49,000 toward the cost of the Hoard from national funders with the remaining funds to be raised through public donation and Council support.
Guide to the to the henges, cursus, barrows, standing stones and other monuments within the A1 corridor now available to download.
English Heritage launch 'Disability in Time and Place' an online resource for disability history showing that disabled people have had a major influence on many well known and less well-known buildings that we see every day.
Recent news on the NHPP includes the launch of the annual survey, progress report 12/13 and improved general coverage of the plan online.
Issue 128 of British Archaeology magazine is in shops on Friday. For subscribers who are yet to receive issue 127 please email email@example.com
A rare 1st century Iron Age helmet discovered just outside Canterbury is the only example of its kind in Britain.
A meeting organised by the British Academy on Tuesday provided the opportunity for research funders, academics, learned societies and subject associations to discuss in more detail the implications of open access publication for humanities and social sciences.
Gold and silver decorations on iron ‘grave goods’ found in two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in east Kent more than 140 years ago are being revealed by X-ray and XRF (X-ray fluorescence) spectrometry analysis.
We have carried out a reprint of issue 127 of the magazine for those subscribers and members who have not received their copy.
'Scotland's Community Heritage' conference, 11-12th November 2012, provided opportunity for all three cohorts of the Council for British Archaeology's Community Archaeology trainees in Scotland to get together
The Council for British Archaeology is backing the campaign to preserve the grade II listed spillway of the Butterley Reservoir at Marsden, near Huddersfield.
Wakefield Council’s campaign to keep The Ackworth Hoard is appealing to the public to help raise funds to buy the hoard for future display in Pontefract Museum.
The IfA is offering 8 training posts based within a number of different archaeological organisations and in various areas of archaeological practice to start in January/February 2013. Earliest application deadline 19 November.
A recent ground survey has revealed traces of roundhouses and field boundaries indicating that the tiny island of Grassholm was once home to a thriving prehistoric community.
It has been announced that Time Team has been axed by Channel 4, though they have been commissioned to make a small number of one-off 'specials'
A team of volunteers have helped to uncover Roman artefacts at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.
York Young Archaeologists' Branch celebrates 40th birthday on Saturday 13th October with a Stonehenge cake at the York Archaeological Trust's History and Archaeology Fair.
The Pitt Rivers Museum has been awarded £76,654 to to study and document the early collections of General Pitt Rivers.
French and British archaeologists have entered the network of tunnels beneath the Somme Battlefield that have been untouched for almost 100 years.
Construction on a £20m leisure centre in south-east London has been stopped after more than 500 skeletons dating back to the medieval period were unearthed.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has won two major high court rulings in their decade-long campaign to end housing destruction in the north of England.
A team from the University of Leicester is today announcing a dramatic development in the search for King Richard III.
Crossrail have announced the return of Bison to Bedlam archaeology exhibition in October.
The Council for British Archaeology is very disappointed to learn that the post of Tourism and Heritage Minister has been dropped.
On-going, educational, oral-history, team research initiative in which senior archaeologists and public figures are invited to share their memories, life stories and past experiences with students.
The popular Heritage Open Days are back between the 6th and 9th September. Experience buildings and sites usually closed to the public or gain access to top heritage attractions for free.
Archaeologists uncover world's most northerly Roman fort at Stracathro, near Brechin in Angus.
Dame Helen Ghosh DCB will be the next Director-General of the National Trust.
The IfA are offering a further 9 training posts under the HLF’s Workplace Learning Bursaries scheme. These posts are based within a number of different archaeological organisations and in various areas of archaeological practice.
The consultation draft of the Association of Diocesan and Cathedral Archaeologists' guidance notes on fabric recording of churches and cathedrals has been released. Have your say by the end of October 2012.
A major training boost has been provided to twelve organisations which have been selected as hosts for the second Community Archaeology Bursaries Project for 24 placement opportunities. The Council for British Archaeology, coordinators of this highly successful project, have selected host organisations with an established track-record in delivering support to communities with an interest in archaeology.
The City of London Archaeological Trust (CoLAT) invites applications for small grants to assist archaeological work in the City of London and its environs.
The Council for British Archaeology has been working in collaboration with ITV, the British Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme on ITV1's new series Britain's Secret Treasures to ensure that everyone fully understands all the issues involved in the search for 'treasure' and can seek expert advice and guidance. 'If you are thinking of rushing out to buy a metal detector to search an area near you and seek out your very own "treasure"', CBA Director Mike Heyworth comments, 'there are reasons why you should think again or ask the experts.'
The ITV1 series on “Britain’s Secret Treasures” starts this evening at 8pm and runs throughout the week, building up to the final show on Sunday evening which reveals the top ten finds discovered by amateurs reported over the last 20 years.
At a well-attended awards ceremony at the British Museum this afternoon, many of the best projects, discoveries and communications relating to British archaeology over the last two years were officially recognised by the biennial British Archaeological Awards.
Between 4th and 6th July volunteers will be undertaking an archaeological survey at a rough sleeper site, which forms part of a project examining the material remains of homeless life in York.
Google Under the Earth: Seeing beneath Stonehenge was launched in November 2011 as an interactive multimedia layer tracking the progress of six years of excavation undertaken by archaeologists as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project.
Sarah Dhanjal and Suzie Thomas have successfully completed their walk of all 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall, to raise money for the CBA.
Saturday 14 July London Concert Choir present the first London performance of The Chalk Legend, an exciting theatrical event by award-winning composer Stephen McNeff and librettist Richard Williams, celebrating and inspired by the rich history and folklore of Dorset.
Thousands of individuals and heritage organisations are campaigning to overturn the Budget proposal to withdraw the current zero rate of VAT on approved alterations to listed buildings. Only 2 more days to comment!
Tell us about your conferences and excavations by 9pm Wednesday 11 July and we’ll include them in CBA Briefing.
This year's FAME Forum will focus on skills and employability in UK archaeology. Held in association with the Archaeology Training Forum, it will bring together a wide range of practitioners to discuss what we can do both to attract new entrants to the profession and to develop and retain those we already have.
A vampire slaying kit – inspired by 19th century folklore and fiction – has been bought at auction by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.
Two thousand years of Chester’s rich and colourful history have been earmarked to create one of Europe’s finest heritage trails.
Those involved in the historic environment sector need to take more action to ensure success in developing the ethnic diversity of its work and volunteer force. This is the conclusion of a ground-breaking research report, launched today, which examined ethnic diversity within the historic environment workforce.
A lecture to to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and rededication of the Victoria County History (VCH), entitled '“Head of Our Morality”: why the twentieth-century British monarchy matters’, will be presented by Dr David Starkey at Senate House in London on 25 June.
Following a review of the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity (IAA) at the University of Birmingham, the review group recommended that the IAA be closed.
The late Douglass Hopkins was a parish priest in the Peterborough Diocese and a canon of the cathedral, but architecture and archaeology were his life-long passion. His extensive collection of books has been made available to buy for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
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Looking after the local industrial heritage - Grenoside summer school. Find out more...
1 week to go! This is your chance to be heard on the subject of relationships between groups and local archaeological services. How do groups define their role within the sector?
Archaeologists from the University of Salford have acted as supervisors to a group of volunteers involved in the excavation of one of Tameside’s most historic sites.
Iron Age Age Helmet Burial found just outside Canterbury in October is believed to date to the 1st century BC.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is offering periodic freelance contracts to assist the Information Officer to create bibliographic records for the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (biab).
New five-part series starting on ITV at 9pm on Friday 7 June looking at the 'homes where history happened'.
The Council for British Archaeology has elected Dr Jane Grenville into the role of Chair of Trustees at its AGM which took place in London earlier this week.
On Monday 2nd June 2014, colleagues from across the UK heritage sector came together for a Graduation event at National Museum Cardiff, organised by the Council for British Archaeology to celebrate the achievements of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project
A campaign to protect Didcot West's archaeological heritage to ensure that the past is not simply buried in a report or under new housing, but is accessible to all.