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Strengthening links across the sector: partnership working in Community Archaeology

The Council for British Archaeology is pleased to announce that 12 further organisations have been confirmed to host youth-focused Community Archaeology Training Placements from September 2013.

Community Archaeology in action with CPAT

Community Archaeology in action at Craig Rhiwarth hillfort with Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (Copyright: Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust)

This is the fifth and final cohort of training placements under current funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Skills for the Future programme. The popular programme of one-year work-based learning placements is designed to equip would-be community archaeologists with the skills, experience and confidence to work with voluntary groups and communities. 

CBA Director, Dr Mike Heyworth MBE, said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer a further range of workplace learning opportunities with funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. There is strong public interest in archaeology across the UK and these bursaries will enable more people to develop key skills and learn from the experiences of organisations working in archaeology. We hope it will lead to more opportunities for public engagement with archaeology in the future in line with the Council for British Archaeology’s vision for “archaeology for all”.

The host organisations include a range of heritage bodies, located across England, Scotland and Wales and comprise:

As well as training future Community Archaeologists, the project aims to enhance the capacity of the heritage sector to deliver sustainable training and share good practice. With this cohort of placements the project is able to extend its geographical reach into south-west England, across Mid Wales and the North of England. Furthermore, the Council for British Archaeology is pleased to support partnership working between Scottish Canals, the Scottish Waterways Trust and Falkirk Community Trust.

Additionally, the Skills for the Future programme aims to demonstrate the value of heritage skills to modern life. In this respect, the new host organisations will be supporting a range of communities, from those city-based to those in dispersed rural communities. 

Robert White, Senior Historic Environment Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said:

“YDNPA is delighted to have been chosen to host one of the 2013 round of CATP bursaries. We look forward to a process which will be of benefit to the national park authority, the bursary holder and to communities in and around the national park and to encouraging and enabling more people, especially young people, to enjoy and help to conserve one of the finest landscapes in the country.”

Stirling Council youth engagement

Hands up all those who *like* archaeology: enthusiastic members of Allan's Primary School participating in the Bastion Project (copyright: Stirling Council)

The placements will focus on developing youth-engagement and working with ‘hard to reach’ groups. With Trent & Peak Archaeology, for example, the bursary holder will be working on their St. Ann’s Archaeology project with young people at risk of social exclusion. Similarly, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery has a strong track record of working with young offenders and Kent County Council with children with special education needs and youths with behavioural problems. In addition, many of the organisations have strong links with the Young Archaeologists’ Club.

Gareth Davies, Senior Project Officer with Trent & Peak Archaeology, said:

As an educational charity, Trent & Peak Archaeology (part of the York Archaeological Trust family) has always been embedded in the principle of archaeology as education. We are therefore very excited to welcome a CBA Community Archaeology trainee to our organisation in September 2013. We have a number of exciting projects commencing in 2013-14, with a focus on using cutting-edge technology - including laser scanning and augmented reality applications - to engage young people with cultural heritage. Partnership projects already underway include those at the internationally important prehistoric caves at Creswell Crags and at Nottingham’s Historic Caves.

Applications are now open for the training bursaries with a deadline of Sunday 30th June 2013. Full details are available on our jobs page:

All enquiries should be directed to Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, Community Archaeology Training Coordinator at the Council for British Archaeology:


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Notes for Editors:

The Council for British Archaeology

The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Website:

Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 33,000 projects, allocating £4.9billion across the UK. Website: For more information please contactKatie Owen, HLF Press Office, Tel: 020 7591 6036.

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