Voluntary and community archaeology group


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 are a year into their elected term and will be continuing. However two people are stepping down – David Ingham and Rachael Kiddey. The Committee would like to thank David and Rachael for giving up their time to help run the group. This will leave two vacant positions for ‘ordinary committee member’. 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 Equality and Diversity 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 VCA groups. For non-CIfA/group members the fee is £35 (this includes a special offer of a year's membership of both EDG and V&C - 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 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


The purpose of the Voluntary and Community Archaeology group is

  • to provide a recognised voice for furthering the interests of voluntary and community archaeology within the CIfA.
  • to promote the adoption and implementation of CIfA Standards by voluntary and community archaeologists (and the organisations to which they belong).
  • to advise Council and its committees on issues relating to Voluntary and Community archaeology, both within the context of the CIfA and within the discipline of archaeology as a whole.
  • to provide guidance and assistance to ensure that voluntary and community archaeologists (and the organisations to which they belong), have the necessary and recognised competence to carry out archaeological research to the highest possible Standards.
  • to promote discussion between voluntary and community archaeologists and other archaeologists in order to foster a greater understanding and improvement of relations, to further the overall pursuance of archaeological knowledge and research.

After a period of inactivity the group was reinstated with a new committee at an AGM on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at the Birmingham Midland Institute.

Join the Group

Membership is free for CIfA members, while non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee. If you wish to join this group, please contact the CIfA at groups@archaeologists.net

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VolComArch

Wordpress: https://volcomarch.wordpress.com/


Sheena Payne-Lunn (Chair)

Rob Hedge (Secretary)

Deborah Anderson(Treasurer)

David Ingham
Rachael Kidd
Dan Miles
Hannah Potter
Phil Richardson
Hayley Roberts

Forthcoming events

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at The Hive, Worcester. Details above.

Previous Events

  • Critical mass: working together for a better archaeology - Critical Mass was a joint conference hosted by CIfA and CBA on 15 October 2015 in York and aimed to bring together practitioners, volunteers and organisations to think about how we can all work together. The day was about understanding issues, finding solutions and planning actions which could have a real impact on how archaeology can develop for the benefit of everyone. The programme included speakers to inspire a number of themed discussions about archaeology, accessibility and impact. Some of the sessions were recorded and you can access them here.

Social media

Group members can find information about VCSIG with regular updates about projects, events and news on both Facebook and Twitter. Join in!

AGM Minutes

2016 AGM minutes
2012 AGM minutes
2011 AGM minutes


Number 1:February 2012

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