CBA Research Bulletin
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.
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).
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.
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.
Number 5 (2015)
Workplace learning for community archaeologists
This report presents a summary of the outcomes and lessons learned during the CBA’s Community Archaeology Training Placements project. In the four years to 2015 the project provided 51 year-long work placements in community archaeology. These were delivered in partnership with archaeology organisations across the UK.
The report describes the project’s success in developing a wide-reaching network of highly skilled community archaeologists, and in demonstrating the success of workplace learning. It discusses how the project enhanced relationships between community groups and professional archaeologists across the UK, demonstrated the many benefits of community archaeology and showed that there is an ongoing need and demand for specialist community archaeologists.
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Number 6 (2018)
Supporting community archaeology across the UK
The results of an extensive survey conducted by the Council for British Archaeology in 2018, with financial support from The Headley Trust.