Following the return to lockdown across England and Scotland earlier this week, and ongoing restrictions across Wales and Northern Ireland, opportunities for keeping active in archaeology remain limited.
While the CBA understands the desire to return to volunteer activities and the significant wellbeing benefits of participating in archaeology, our advice at present is that stopping in person activities for the time being is the safest option.
As always, we recommend individuals and groups follow Government advice (see links below). At present the emphasis is on volunteering from home wherever possible.
We know that many of you have been successfully delivering talks and meetings online or undertaking digital research projects and we have been impressed by the quality and range of activities groups have been able to offer. You can find some great examples on the CBA blog.
If you are looking for ways for your group to get active online here are some ideas to get you started:
- Host a regular coffee morning style online meeting to give people the opportunity to catch up and say hello
- Start an archaeology themed book club and meet up online to share your views. CBA’s publications are still available to download for free if you are looking for something to get you started
- Arrange a series of online talks or share details of existing online talks with members. We have lots of great content on our YouTube channel
- Run a quiz for members to get involved in. This might be something you do live online or you could circulate by email and share the answers and winners at a later date
- Begin an online research project. This could be as simple as encouraging people to research a local place, building type or archaeological site and asking them to share their findings via a share online space such as a Facebook group.
If you do get active online please let us know. We would love to share more experiences and inspiration via the CBA blog.
Government guidance on volunteering: