Graphics Archaeology Group (GAG)


This Special Interest Group will focus on issues relating to standards, training and employment for those working in archaeological illustration and survey. This group was formerly called the Illustration and Survey special interest group.
The group have finalised a new specialist matrix to assist the corporate validation process for Illustrators. To request a copy please email membership [at]

Join the Group

Membership of the Group is open to anybody working in the various disciplines producing archaeological graphics in the broadest sense. CIfA members may join the group for free, while non-members are asked to pay a £10.00 fee to cover mailing costs. Please contact the CIfA office at


We are pleased to announce the launch of the re-branded GAG website that can be found at this address

As you can see, the site has been given a more contemporary look and feel. Most importantly, the gallery allows for the display of larger images.

If you are interested in displaying your own images within the gallery we would like to receive them, but you must be a MCIfA grade member. Please email contact [at] with a note of interest and we will send you the requirements.

You will then be invited to a link on Dropbox, where you may upload up to 12 gallery images and a text document about yourself.

We look forward to receiving your notes of interest!

If you would like to display your images, but are not MCIfA grade, please do consider applying to upgrade. Further information about this can be found at


Lesley Collett (Chair)

Ellie Winter (Secretary)

Sarah Lambert-Gates (Treasurer)

Hannah Kennedy (Advisory Council rep & Newsletter editor)

Tom Small (GAG website admin)

Drew Smith

You can contact the committee at

Specialist competence matrix

We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.


For details of GAG and other publications please click here
If you are a member you can download some of these using the link at the top of the page.

Forthcoming events

Look out for information about the GAG exhibition at the annual CIfA conference.

Previous events

  • Current issues in the Graphics archaeology profession

CIfA Graphics group workshop flier - Current issues in the Graphics archaeology profession

Dr John Hodgeson's 2008 survey into current Illustration and Survey practice (pdf file)

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2017

Committee Minutes

January 2016

October 2015

June 2014

March 2014


Newsletter November 2016

Newsletter January 2016

Summer 2015

Winter 2015

Spring 2014

Summer 2013

Brief for Commissioning an Illustrator for the CBA Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project

The Council for British Archaeology Home Front Legacy Project is working in partnership with Historic England to develop teaching resources for schools. These resources will enable schools to further their interest and promote their participation and engagement in mapping and recording the history of their local area, in the First World War. You can find out more information about this opportunity here

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