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How to build an archaeologist – a professional toolkit for training and professional development in the workplace


On Thursday 22 February, Kate Geary and Andrea Bradley hosted a one day conference to celebrate the success of the HLF Workplace Learning Bursary scheme, and English Heritage Professional Placements in Conservation scheme and to plan next steps in the development of structured workbased training for the sector. The event was well attended by a diverse group of sector professionals, joined by a number of the scheme’s placement holders. The day provided a stimulating forum for debate, facilitating discussion between both trainers and trainees and allowing all to envisage how they might see structured training within our profession in the future.

The results of these discussions will be presented in future issues of The Archaeologist and on our website – what we would like now is to add to those discussions with your opinions and ideas. As a result of the HLF and English Heritage schemes, we have been able to develop a training toolkit - containing guidance and examples - to help employers put in place programmes of structured training for their staff, to give structure to current training schemes or to look in more detail at running work placements and internships. We all know that there are huge advantages to running training in a formal and structured way, but also recognise the hurdles which must be cleared in order to do so. We hope this pack helps identify those hurdles and provides the support you may need to help you get past them. The pack is also aimed at employees – training is not just down to your employer – everyone has a personal responsibility for their own career development and the training pack should give you some ideas as to how you might manage that.

The Toolkit

The toolkit is available for you to look at on our dedicated webpage. As this is this is a draft toolkit, if you have any ideas for additional content, or even things we should take away, please let us know by emailing Kate Geary at

Further information, including the toolkit, can be found on our dedicated ‘How to build an archaeologist’ webpage

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