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CBA celebrate 'graduation' of 2012 intake of Community Archaeology Trainees

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.

Dr. Mike Heyworth, Director of the CBA, congratulates 'graduates' on their achievements

In 2012 a total of 21 individuals took up post as Community Archaeology Trainees across the UK. The training placements were provided through the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project, a popular scheme of year-long vocational training run by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Skills for the Future programme.

Placements are hosted across England, Scotland and Wales by strategically identified heritage organisations that have experience of delivering strong and effective community archaeology programmes. Current and previous hosts comprise a range of organisations and include archaeological and heritage trusts, commercial units, Local and National Park Authorities, university departments and national museums. 

As well as training future community archaeologists, the scheme aims to enhance the capacity of the heritage sector to share best practice as well as to demonstrate the value of heritage skills to modern life. During the course of their placements several trainees organised capacity building events for volunteers in their local areas, facilitated by partnership funding from English Heritage and Cadw. Gemma Stewart, for example, during her placement with Northumberland National Park Authority, led a well-attended training workshop on archaeological recording practices. Similarly, in March, Edward Davies, former trainee with Dyfed Archaeological Trust, ran a day of 'intertidal archaeology' training in partnership with the Nautical Archaeology Society at Lawrenny in Pembrockshire. 

Detail from the 'Order of Angels' window, All Saints, North Street, York

Detail from the 'Order of Angels' window, All Saints, North Street
(Photograph by Ashley Price)

'Graduates' from the April and September 2012 intakes were brought together on 20th September 2013 to celebrate their achievements over the past year and look to the future, post-placement. The event was organised by CBA Training Coordinator Tara-Jane Sutcliffe and held at All Saints North Street Church, York, which is renowned for its medieval stained glass. Guest speakers - comprising Sarah Brown, Director of York Glaziers Trust and Robert Richards, Churchwarden and Ringing Master of All Saints - kindly shared their knowledge and passion for the heritage of the church, as well as details of a forthcoming community archaeology project. 

CBA Director, Dr. Mike Heyworth, congratulated former trainees on their professional development through completion of their placements as well as highlighting the impact they had made in their communities. The benefits to organisations in hosting trainee placements was also recognised in terms of capacity building and supervisors and mentors were thanked for their support and guidance. Certificates were presented to the graduates and a convivial afternoon was spent sharing experiences over nibbles and a glass of wine. 

A convivial afternoon exchanging experiences with nibbles and a glass of wine

Several former trainees have already succeeded in obtaining employment within their chosen field and we look forward to watching them flourish as they take forward the CBA's vision of archaeology for all.

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