Bookmark with:

About IfA

The Institute for Archaeologists is a professional organisation for all archaeologists and others involved in protecting and understanding the historic environment. It represents the interests of archaeology and archaeologists to government, policy makers and industry, sets standards and issues guidelines, improves member career prospects by promoting and organising training and informing them of developments in professional practice, and through its Registered Organisations scheme improves employment practices and raises standards of work. As a result the IfA acts as the self-regulating body for the archaeological profession.


The Institute has over 3100 individual members, and more than 70 registered organisations. Membership is open to anybody who works or has an interest in the historic environment, whether they are employed or volunteering their time. There are two groups of individual membership: accredited corporate membership and non-accredited Student and Affiliate membership. The following brochure showcases some of our members, and the roles they have.


The Institute is a democratic organisation, run by an elected Council, and supported by staff and committees responsible for all areas of the Institute‚Äôs work. The objectives and strategic aims of the Institute are set out in its 2010-20 Strategic Plan. In October of each year the IfA holds an AGM . Reports from our Hon Chair, Treasurer and Groups are presented in our Annual Report, and inform members and stakeholder of activities that have been undertaken. Recent Annual Reports can be found below.

Professional networks and area groups

Our fifteen professional networks and area groups provide a forum for discussion and development within the many strands of professional archaeology - from the marine environment to standing buildings, forensic archaeologists to geophysicists and from the next generation through to current experts in project management. Our groups help IfA achieve the ambitious aims set out in our 2010-20 Strategic Plan, which provides the roadmap for our current business plan.

Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446