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Skills, training and bursaries

Marsh Archaeology Award winner 2011 Dartmoor Cairn Survey and Repair Project

Community archaeology

Community Archaeology includes work carried out by professional archaeological organisations where public involvement is encouraged, through to the ever increasing number of projects initiated and led by local communities themselves. These include historic building conservation and stewardship, and fieldwork, from survey projects, to test pitting and of course excavations.

Community resource hub

The CBA is developing a one-stop shop for community resources, coming out of our award-winning Community Archaeology Forum (CAF) along with a forum and online network for local societies to share ideas and good practice, and celebrate current projects.

Marsh Award for Community Archaeology 2013

The winning project will be announced on 28 October 2013 at the CBA's Annual General Meeting. The Marsh Archaeology Award is for voluntary groups or individuals active in the UK and recognises and promotes innovative and high quality dissemination of the results of research and/or fieldwork through publication, communication and archiving.

Find out more about the criteria, judging and entry procedures

Community Archaeology Bursaries Project – Skills for the Future

Our ongoing Community Archaeology Bursaries Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, with additional support from English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland. The project offers year-long workplace bursaries over a three-year period, designed to equip would-be community archaeologists with the skills, experience and confidence to work with voluntary groups and communities.

Each year the project will place Community Archaeology Training Placements (CATPs) in strategically identified host organisations across the UK that have existing experience of delivering strong and effective community archaeology programmes.

See full details of our Community Archaeology Bursaries Project

Training

Voluntary sector training events

The CBA is delivering a range of training courses across England over the next three years aimed at supporting archaeology across the voluntary sector. Funding from English Heritage, and in Wales from Cadw, will allow us to run these courses at a considerably reduced rate, making training accessible to voluntary and community groups.

The training courses will be led by a combination of Community Archaeology Bursary Placement holders through the HLF-funded Community Archaeology Bursaries Project, professionals with specialist knowledge and skills, and individuals from the voluntary sector (where appropriate).

TORC

The Training Online Resource Centre (TORC) is an information service for anyone interested in courses and training in archaeology, from GCSE and A Level courses through to specialised training for professional archaeologists.

TORC is a service of the Archaeology Training Forum (ATF), operated by the CBA and supported by English Heritage. It's a developing resource and will soon provide up-to-date searchable databases of all the archaeology courses available in the UK, along with information to help you find which courses will be most useful to you.

  • Go to the TORC website
  • For further information on the Archaeology Training Forum, visit the ATF website
  • Contact us for advice and information on training courses currently available
  • See our CBA Briefing service for a selection of courses, lectures and excavation opportunities
  • Information on professional training and career development is provided on their website by the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA).

CBA three-year workshop programme

The three-year programme of workshops was planned in consultation with CBA Regional Groups in England and Wales in 2007 with funding from English Heritage and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Since then, five workshops have been delivered on group governance, planning and the historic environment, buildings archaeology and historic buildings.

New workshops will shortly be starting in Wales.

Contact our Conservation team for details on 01904 671417 or email us.

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