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Council for British Archaeology Annual General Meeting for 2020


The CBA will be moving its AGM online this year. The AGM will be held on Thursday 4 February 2021, and we will share more details about how to join us nearer the time.  

The CBA is governed by a board of up to twelve trustees who are elected by our members at the AGM. Nominations for people wishing to stand as trustees need to be received three months before the AGM. This year, we need nominations by 4th November 2020.

We currently have a vacancy on the board for a trustee willing to take on the role of Honorary Treasurer.

Could you support the CBA by joining the board in this capacity? Honorary Treasurers support trustees to oversee the finances of the organisation at a strategic level, and have a particular role in supporting the staff who manage the organisation’s finances. However, the CBA has professional accountancy support and the Treasurer does not have to undertake the day-to-day work of preparing the accounts or financial management. It is not a requirement for the Treasurer to be a qualified accountant, and people with experience of running another business or charity are likely to have the experience required.

Trustees serve terms of up to three years, and may stand for re-election for a second term if they wish to do so. The other trustees who are coming to the end of their term at this AGM are all eligible to stand for re-election and wish to do so.

If you would like more information about the Honorary Treasurer vacancy or the nomination process, please contact Neil Redfern, CBA Executive Director and Company Secretary for an informal conversation at 

Marsh Award winners 2019

Marsh Awards for Archaeology: special awards for 2020

Every year, the Marsh Awards showcase excellence in archaeology. The Awards are run by the CBA, with the support of the Marsh Christian Trust, and are presented during the CBA AGM. 

Since all archaeological activity this year has been affected in some way by the pandemic, we have decided to take a special, one-off approach to the Awards for 2020 and recognise projects which have responded to these challenging circumstances.

This year, the Marsh Awards for Community Archaeology will recognise projects which have helped people to keep participating safely in archaeology, during the Covid-19 pandemic. We invite nominations for any community archaeology project which has responded to the pandemic in a creative or imaginative way and enabled people to enjoy archaeology.

Nominated projects can either be new initiatives, planned from scratch after March 2020, or existing projects which have had to be rethought and delivered differently as a result of the pandemic. They must be projects which have had the aim of enabling a wide range of people to engage with archaeology in the UK but we are open to nominations for in-person activity, digital projects or anything else which has helped people to keep participating safely.

We will judge projects based on the following criteria:

  1. Contribution to individuals’ well-being during the pandemic
  2. Contribution to sustaining volunteer and public participation in archaeology during the pandemic
  3. Contribution to broadening understanding of the historic environment

There will be two categories of awards:

  1. Best volunteer-led project: for projects not involving anyone acting in a paid capacity
  2. Best project with paid support: for projects which have input from anyone acting in a paid capacity

The best project in each category will receive a prize of £1000 to be used by the winning group or organisation involved to support future activity, with a further £250 for a highly commended project. We recognise what a challenging year this has been, so we encourage you to nominate projects big or small, provided they can show a strong contribution under one or more of the criteria.

 Entry procedure

To enter, please complete send us the following information:

  • Name of the nominated project, and contact details for the project team
  • Which category the project falls into
  • The address, email address and telephone number of the person making the nomination
  • An explanation of why the nominated project deserves the award, referring to the criteria above. This should be no more than 500 words, and can include photographs, website links, videos and other content
  • If the nominee is entering their own project, they should include a testimonial from someone else who knows about their project, for example an archaeologist or fellow volunteer

Please send your entry to

Nominations are open until 5pm on Tuesday 5 January 2021 and winners will be announced at the CBA online AGM on 4 February 2021.

If you would like to discuss your nomination or want some advice on how to apply, please contact Helen Wilkinson,

Nominations are open until 5pm on Tuesday 5 January 2021 and winners will be announced at the CBA online AGM on 4 February 2021. If you would like to discuss your nomination or want some advice on how to apply, please contact Helen Wilkinson,

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