The restrictions that have been introduced to combat the current Coronavirus pandemic have had serious knock-on effects for archaeology, the heritage sector and for charities such as the Council for British Archaeology.
Many people do not realise that the CBA is a charity with no regular funding. We are a small organisation, reliant on our membership, on our fantastic volunteers and on donations from the public to continue to survive.
Since the crisis began we have responded positively by using our platform to promote archaeology organisations and groups who need help. Our forward plans are all about continuing to find ways to do so as many working, studying or participating in archaeology face uncertainty, and footfall to our important museums and heritage attractions has disappeared overnight.
We have also worked very hard to keep people participating in archaeology from home, as well as coping as best we can with the disruption caused to our own income and planned events. In a few short weeks we have:
- Built and launched Dig School with our Trustee, Professor Carenza Lewis (from TV’s Time Team). 20 free archaeology themed workshops for home schoolers. It’s had a great response so far and continues to grow.
- Opened up all publications we had on sale in our shop for free download, ensuring that everybody can access our archive and discover archaeology during lockdown.
- Reframed our Festival of Archaeology – the UK’s biggest opportunity to participate in archaeology – as a split event with a week of digital activity taking place from 11-19 July? and face-to-face events postponed until 24 October-1 November.
- Continued to get young people involved in archaeology remotely through our Young Archaeologists’ Club. Check out the YAC homepage for activities you can do with youngsters from home and follow their twitter to see who has been busy – and add your own images!
On top of this, our listed building casework team are continuing to work hard to protect archaeology, and normal CBA business continues from our homes. We are still gratefully accepting new members and producing British Archaeology magazine.
However, our flagship title has been hit by the closure of newsagents and the removal of many export markets. Funding streams we were deep into the process of applying for have been frozen. We are facing a very uncertain future without finding extra funds quickly to support our small team of staff and volunteers.
Please consider making a donation to support us and UK archaeology.
It’s easy to do so. Just text the number below or visit our DONATE page for other options – you can even support us simply by shopping online or browsing the web.
If you are not already, please also consider signing up to become a CBA member. You will be making a real difference in helping to preserve an organisation that speaks up for archaeology – and helps people to understand why it matters.
To donate £1, text DISCOVER to 70201
To donate £3, text DISCOVER to 70331
To donate £5, text DISCOVER to 70970
To donate £10, text DISCOVER to 70191
Or click here: http://easydonate.org/DISCOVER