Equality & Diversity Group


This group provides a direct response to the labour market survey data for archaeology from the last two decades, which demonstrates that the workforce in British archaeology is predominantly white, able-bodied and has notably less women over the age of 40, translating to a lack of women in senior roles. None of these trends correspond with national statistics, in turn suggesting a fundamental need for the profession to address these inequalities. Therefore the group’s core function will be to work with and support CIfA individual members and Registered Organisations to challenge the lack of equality and diversity in the profession. It will undertake this by supporting research to continually assess barriers to equality and diversity within the profession, and by researching, supporting and developing best practice strategies for challenging the inequalities in gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability that currently exist. Forming partnerships with equality and diversity officers in other key professional bodies and interest groups will also be fundamental to the work of this group.

Join the Group

The Equality and Diversity Group is open to all members of the CIfA, and we also encourage non-members and students to join us as well. We already have members from many areas of the heritage industry, different specialisms and a spectrum of interests. We hope that the issues we cover are something which all people within the heritage industry can relate to and have a vested interest in improving for all.

We value the views and knowledge that all our members bring to the group and hope to involve all our members actively in our group.

Please do join us!

Membership is free to CIfA members (£10 for non-members). To join, please use the PayPal request on the webpage.
Email: groups@archaeologists.net


Hannah Cobb (Chair returning to post May 2017)
Sarah MacLean (Secretary)
Amanda Feather (Treasurer)
Jim Brightman (Acting Chair)
Cath Poucher
Laura Hampden
Emily Plunkett
Joseph Flatman

Website and Social Media

The Equality and Diversity Group has a website and blog. We are still developing the site and our aim is to achieve an accessible site which will be a repository of information and a key source for resources on equality and diversity issues. Our website will also become a location for our research and where more details on upcoming events can be found. We welcome feedback on the usability of our website and this can be given through groups@archaeologists.net We're also on social media.

Find out more by visiting the groups' website and Facebook page or on Twitter @CIfA_Equality

Current Activities and Research

We are currently writing up our conference session from the 2016 CIfA conference and hope to get the feedback out very soon. This will also lead into amendments to our action plan which will come into action at our Autumn AGM. We hope to publish this write-up in full both here and on our website.

We are also working on some guidelines for accessibility in print and web formats, which we hope to share with our members and the CIfA within the next year.

Forthcoming Events

Notice of Annual General Meeting

This year we are holding our annual general meeting on the 7th of March at the Hive Worcester Please let us know if you are able to attend by e-mailing Anna at anna.welch [at] archaeologists.net You will find the Agenda here and the minutes from the last AGM here

The majority of the Committee will be continuing. However Amanda Feather, who has been the group's Secretary and was recently co-opted to the position of Treasurer is standing down as an officer and will continue her term of office as an ordinary committee member. In addition Joe Flatman and Laura Hampden were co-opted through the year as ordinary committee members so will be standing for formal election in the hope of continuing their roles. There will therefore be two ‘ordinary committee members’ and a Treasurer being elected at the AGM. If you want to stand for one of these roles please send a filled in nomination form to Anna by the end of Friday 17 February. In the event of more nominations being received than posts an election will be held.

The Voluntary and Community Archaeology group are also holding their AGM at the Hive on 7 March – we know that many VCA members are also members of EDG so we hope that having them on the same day will be helpful and has also provided us with the opportunity of jointly offering a Mental Health Aid CPD workshop in the afternoon. The training providers are approved by Mental First Aid England. A manual for future reference is included in the fee and CPD certificates will be provided.

The workshop will broadly cover the following:

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in a year. There is a general lack of understanding of the issues surrounding mental health and we need to raise awareness.

Aim: raise awareness of mental health and begin to work effectively with people experiencing problems.


• Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems

• Define mental health and some mental health problems

• Relate to people’s experiences

• Help support people with mental health problems

• Begin developing a business case for promoting positive mental health in the workplace

• Look after your own mental health

With additional financial support from CIfA places for the CPD workshop (including lunch) cost just £25 for CIfA members and paid-up non-CIfA members of either the EDG or V&C groups. For non-CIfA/group members the fee is £35 (this includes a special offer of a year's membership of both EDG and VCA - usually £10 each). Places for the CPD workshop must be booked through Eventbrite

If you are not attending both AGMs there is an optional visit to the Infirmary Medical Museum (link is external) which is a 5 minute walk from The Hive.

Outline for the day
1030am arrival – coffee/tea
1045 - 11.45 Equality and Diversity group AGM or -
1045 – 11.45 optional visit to the Infirmary Medical Museum (approx. 1hr)
1200 - 13.00 Voluntary and Community Archaeology group AGM or -
1200 – 1300 optional visit to the Infirmary Medical Museum (approx. 1hr)
1300 Lunch break – lunch provided for CPD workshop attendees
1330 CPD workshops start (3hrs)
1630 Finish

The Hive is a 5 minute walk from Foregate Street Train Station (note that Worcester has two stations, and Shrub Hill is much further away (about 30 minutes walk), so do go for Foregate Street if coming by train. As you leave the station, turn left. Take the 1st right (by the estate agents on the corner), and head down the Hill. Straight on past the Paul Pry pub, and you'll see a large Gold building in front of you. The main entrance is up the steps on the right hand side.

If coming by car, there are several Pay and Display car parks in front of the building: Croft Road, at the bottom end of the racecourse, is the cheaper. There are maps and directions available at: http://www.thehiveworcester.org/getting-here.html

Past events

  • Equality & Diversity at the CIfA Conference - Friday 22 April 2016 at the CIfA Conference there was an all day session run by the Equality & Diversity Group

Equality and Diversity in an Archaeological Context

Session Organisers: Cath Poucher (University of Oxford) and Sarah MacLean (Historic England)

Britain has a diverse population which means the archaeology sector does too. Issues surrounding gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and ethnicity are rarely examined as part of the archaeological workforce. The new CIfA Equality and Diversity Group has been set up to support archaeologists and employers understand these issues, and promote equality. It has been nearly 5 years since the Equality Act (2010) came into force replacing a host of earlier legislation; Sex Discrimination Act (1975), Race Relations Act (1976) and Disability Discrimination Act (1995). With this in mind, this workshop will explore this further and look at ways the group can work for you and a more diverse workforce.

The workshop will focus on three specific areas; gender, disability and LBGT, before drawing together the themes and identifying ways we can move forward. Each session will start with a short presentation by a passionate advocate or specialist on the topic. This will be followed by round table discussion around a set of questions for 30 minutes before each table feeds back to the room. During the final session, Equality and Diversity in Context, a Q&A session with our speakers and a chance to draw things to a close.

Whilst we encourage participants to share the themes and outcomes of the workshop we would ask that the specifics of what delegates share are kept in confidence by all those who attend. The workshop will not be filmed and we would like to create an environment where participants feel they can share openly.

The workshop is very much an opportunity to find out more about these issues, consider how diverse your workplace is and how to encourage that diversity.


The committee met on 13 June 2016
The Group AGM took place in Autumn 2016.


Newsletter 1 July 2016

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