New Generation

Calling the New Generation

  • Fearing dark days for the profession ahead, or optimistic about the future?
  • Worried about where archaeology is going, or excited about the journey?
  • Do you crave a voice in shaping your career and the profession?

The New Generation Special Interest Group (NGSIG) discussed these issues at the IfA Conference 2013. Thanks for finding us and joining the debate.


The New Generation Special Interest Group was formed in 2012 following a series of discussions and debates by a number of PCIfA grade members at the 2012 IfA Conference in Oxford. It became clear that there were many people within the institute, in the early stages of their careers in archaeology, who wanted to be more involved with the the institute and play a greater role within the sector as a whole.


The New Generation SIG aims to support archaeologists in the early stages of their career working in all aspects of the sector. We aim to achieve this by:

  • exploring, researching and offering practical support and advice on pathways into the profession and career development;
  • highlighting the contribution of early career archaeologists to the sector both in the present and in the future,
  • by increasing the role and representation of early stage career archaeologists within the CIfA.

Join the Group

Membership of the New Generation Special Interest Group is open to anyone who is interested in the future of the archaeological profession; in sharing their wisdom, experience and skills; or in developing their own skills and career.
It is free to CIfA members. Non-members will need to pay a yearly £10 fee.

To join, please contact the CIfA office at groups [at]


Natalie Ward (Chair)

Oliver Davis (Secretary)

Rachael Abraham (Treasurer)

Andrea Bradley (Events)

Ben Jervis (News & Social Media)

Chris Chinnock (Ordinary Committee Member)

Alistair Galt (Ordinary Committee Member)

Forthcoming events

More coming soon!

Previous Events

Applying for funding for archaeological projects - 2 workshops in Manchester and Bristol

Project management training workshop

Delivered by Andrea Bradley, Consultant and Project Manager.
This was the first of many of our workshops that aim to provide opportunities for new starters to gain the necessary skills required for any career within the heritage sector.

Business plan

Business plan 2013-2016

Committee Minutes

22 January 2015

29 November 2012

Your Profession, Your Future, Your Voice

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