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Get creative with our CBA Festival of Archaeology 2020 competitions

We have launched two competitions to tie in with the 2020 Festival of Archaeology. Get creative with #RubbishArt and #ArchaeologyShowreel.



For our craft competition we are inviting you to get creative and give your rubbish a new lease of life. We’d like you to get crafting and recreate your favourite archaeological sites and objects out of things you would otherwise throw away. How about Stonhenge made of baked bean tins, the Sutton Hoo Helmet made from sweet wrappers, or an origami Caernarfon Castle made out of old envelopes? 

We’re looking forward to seeing how imaginative you can and you can use any materials you like to make our creation we only ask that the main material is something you would normally put in the rubbish or recycling. Your entry should also represent something relating to archaeology, that could be a site or an object from any period you choose – everything from the Mesolithic to the present day.  

So get ready to cut, sew, stick, paint or papier mâché and create some amazing #RubbishArt!   


The winner of each category will receive a £50 gift voucher for crafting supplies. The runner up in each category will receive a £25 gift voucher for crafting supplies.

How to enter 

To enter you need to send us a photo of your finished #RubbishArt masterpiece 

We have three age categories, under 13 years, 13-18 years and over 18. 

  • Post a picture of your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #RubbishArt and tag us @archaeologyuk.  
  • Or you can email your entry to  
  • Include a caption of no more than 30 words that sums up your creation 
  • Let us know which category you are entering  
  • If you are under 16 you will need a parent or guardian to post your entry for you using their social media account. Your entry should include your name and age on 31 July 2020. 

Closing date 

The last day to submit your entries for the competition is 31 July 2020. 

Terms and conditions 

Full terms and conditions can be found here.  



Do you watch archaeology on TV and wonder what it’s like to be in front of the camera? Now’s your chance to show us what you can do! We’ve teamed up with Past Preservers to create a competition for this year’s Festival of Archaeology and we’d like you to send us your #ArchaeologyShowreel.   

We don’t expect you to visit an archaeological site and you don’t need any specialist equipment – the camera on your phone and your imagination are all you need.  

You could use props from your house to take us on an imaginary museum tour, discover the priceless lost teacup of your back garden, or ask a family member to join you in front of the camera to show off your sparkling interview technique. Have fun and be creative!  

Videos should be no more than 5 minutes long and you must submit your video by midnight on Wednesday 15 July 2020. There are two age categories – under 16 and over 16 and we will award a prize to the best video in each category. 

How to enter 

Simply post your video online on the platform of your choice (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) with the hashtag #ArchaeologyShowreel and send an email to with #ArchaeologyShowreel in the subject header and a link to your creation. 


Past preservers will be creating a showreel of the best videos which we will sharing online so everyone can see your superstar presenting potential. Winners in each age category will be taken on the books of Past Preservers, a talent representation agency providing a creative hub between the heritage & media worlds. Your showreel will be shown to real TV talent spotters, and you will also be offered the chance to develop future content with the CBA - plus, you'll receive a year's free CBA membership on us! 

Winners will be selected by a man who should be able to spot TV talent, archaeologist and presenter Alex Langlands(link is external) from Digging Up Britain's Past and the Victorian Bakers, amongst other TV work. 

So grab a phone and get filming! 

Full terms and conditions can be found here

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