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Training Placement Boost for Community Archaeology

The Council for British Archaeology is pleased to announce that eight further Community Archaeology Training Placements will be hosted across the UK from April 2013.

The Community Archaeology Bursaries project is managed by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Skills for the Future programme, with additional support from English HeritageCadw and Historic Scotland. The scheme provides career development placements for those with a good understanding of archaeological theory and techniques and will enhance relationships between professionals and a wide range of communities.

The first nine bursary holders completed their placements in April 2012 and several have continued as Community Archaeologists with their host organisation. Former placement holders have also been head-hunted by other organisations and are sharing the benefits of the scheme with additional communities.

Past and present Community Archaeology trainees in Scotland, Nov 2012

Past and present Community Archaeology trainees in Scotland
(L to R: Natalia Bain, Somayyeh Mottaghi, Kevin Grant, Amy Gillespie)

The fourth cohort in the highly popular programme of year-long work-based learning placements, starting in April 2013, will build upon partnerships and forge links with organisations new to the scheme. In a significant development the reach of the project will be extended to placements in west Scotland, East Anglia, and South West England. 


Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, Community Archaeology Training Coordinator with the Council for British Archaeology said:

 “We are extremely pleased at the Council for British Archaeology to welcome to the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project several new host organisations, which will undoubtedly help to up-skill the sector more widely. Our first cohort of trainees completed their placements in April 2012 and their success in obtaining employment as Community Archaeologists is already demonstrating the legacy that this scheme will provide in terms of skilled professionals across the sector.”


The final cohort of placements will run from September 2013 and recruitment of host organisations closes on 31st January 2013. The Council for British Archaeology are keen to involve placements from areas not previously represented, including Northern Ireland and the Highland and Islands of Scotland. For further details of how to apply to host a placement please visit the project webpage.

Bursary hosts (April 2013 - April 2014):

•        Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (Cardiff)

•        National Trust Wales (Llandeilo)

•        Northlight Heritage (Glasgow)

•        Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (Telford)

•        University of Leicester in partnership with Leicestershire County Council 

•        National Museums Liverpool 

•        Somerset County Council (Taunton) 

•        Suffolk County Council (Bury St. Edmunds) 

Further details of the new bursaries and how to apply will shortly be advertised on the Council for British Archaeology website. Information on the current hosts and trainees can be found on the project webpage.

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