New Generation

Your Profession, Your Future, Your Voice


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]


Colin Forrestal (Chair)

Alistair Galt (Secretary)

Rebecca Enlander (Treasurer)

Otis Gilbert (Ordinary Committee Member)

Li Sou (Ordinary Committee Member)

Owain Scholma-Mason (Ordinary Committee Member)

Elizabeth Pratt

Business plan

Business plan 16-19

Forthcoming events

More coming soon

Previous Events

  • AGM event

  • Talking 'bout my generation - Early career archaeological Geophysicists session
    The Chartered Institute for Archaeologist’s (CIfA) Geophysics (GeoSIG) and New Generation groups held an afternoon session at the International Conference of Archaeological Prospection (ICAP), University of Bradford. The aim was to provide a forum to discuss how to begin a career in commercial archaeological geophysics, plus CPD training to improve delegates’ employability. For more information, click here.

  • New Generation Group AGM 2016 - The AGM was held on Wednesday 31 August. For more details please see news update below.

  • 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.

Newsletters and updates

Committee news update November 2016

AGM Minutes

31 August 2016

16 April 2015

11 April 2014

19 April 2013

Committee Minutes

28 September 2017

12 July 2017

14 February 2017

13 December 2016

11 October 2016

22 January 2015

29 November 2012

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.

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