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Adopting Archaeology

If you are interested in caring for your heritage, the Adopting Archaeology project is about you - so we really want you to get involved!

We have launched our Caring for Your Heritage and Heritage Expertise surveys. Please do fill them in to help us understand who you are and how we can best support you through our project. If you would prefer to print the surveys and fill them in by hand, please download the PDF versions below.

Together with the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, the CBA is investigating how local community groups can best be supported in their efforts to take care of their local heritage. The Adopting Archaeology project focuses on both the impact and sustainability of local volunteer involvement in caring for heritage. David Jennings ( is heading up ‘impact’ while Harald Fredheim ( takes charge of the ‘sustainability’ strand.

As the project continues, this webpage will be updated with news and opportunities about how you can get involved. In the meantime, contact us at if you would like to be added to our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter  where we are: @adoptarchy, @folkdeejay and @haraldfred.

Harald has already begun designing digital tools to support volunteer efforts to care for heritage with groups in Yorkshire. During this initial stage, we are answering the questions: ‘What is your local heritage? Why do you think it is important? Can digital tools capture and communicate your views effectively? Do you want your views captured and communicated?

Together we are co-designing a digital tool for communicating and synthesising personal interpretations of what we consider our heritage to be and why. Please see the call for participants for more information or contact Harald at

At this stage, participating groups are located in Pontefract, Bridlington and Flamborough.

Further opportunities to participate will be advertised shortly. Please do get in touch if you would like to be contacted directly when more information becomes available.

Adopting Archaeology doctoral students David (left) and Harald (right)

Heritage expertise survey (189.7K, .PDF)

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