Innovation festival

The innovation festival is made up of a series of events taking place over the week of 25 - 29 January 2021. These events will provide the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the innovative practices and approaches being undertaken across the historic environment sector, whilst tabling some of the identified barriers and challenges to implementing innovation in archaeological research for wider discussion.

Bookings now live - see below! #LetsGetInnovative

The historic environment is rich and diverse benefiting from a wide variety of specialisms. Collaborations spanning academic, community-led and developer-funded archaeological research provide fascinating insights to our collective past often with the help of new/adapted ‘innovative’ approaches. However, implementing innovation is not always straightforward as highlighted in a recent project undertaken by CIfA in collaboration with ALGAO (funded by Historic England). This project highlighted the issues and potential barriers being faced by archaeologists trying to embrace innovation, especially in the commercial sector, and which will form discussion themes throughout the festival.


This week-long virtual festival is free and will comprise a mix of short sessions each day including presentations, workshops, opportunities for open discussion, CPD and knowledge transfer. 


To view the full Innovation Festival programme, please see our timetable and session information below. Times may be subject to change while we finalise our programme.

Please note, that you must register for each session that you wish to attend – your registration is only for that session and not the entirety of the festival. Places for each session are also strictly limited, so do book early so that you don't miss out!

Click here to view the full Innovation Week timetable

Monday, 25 January

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM WEBINAR: Digital and analog drawing in archaeology: The Aide Memoire Project
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM DISCUSSION: lunchbreak chat
14:00 PM - 17:30 PM SESSION: working practices


Tuesday, 26 January

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM SESSION: born digital: recording rebooted 
12:30 PM - 13:30 PM WEBINAR: A new set of threads: the production and design of Into the Wildwoods and The First Foresters  
14:00 PM - 17:30 PM SESSION: innovative approaches


Wednesday, 27 January

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM WEBINAR: social media in development-led archaeology
12:00 PM - 13:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: innovation in practice (Developer-led, planning) 
14:00 PM - 15:00 PM WEBINAR: heritage at the heart of major developments
15:30 PM - 18:00 PM SESSION: delivering public benefit


Thursday, 28 January

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM WORKSHOP: Meaningful metadata
12:00 PM - 13:00 PM SESSION: building information modelling for heritage
14:00 PM - 17:00 PM WORKSHOP: an introduction to podcasting and archaeology


Friday, 29 January

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM WORKSHOP: innovation by design 
12:00 PM - 15:00 PM SESSION: academic research - what's new? 
15:30 PM - 17:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: innovation in practice (community engagement)


Contact us
If you have any questions at all or require any assistance in registering or accessing this event, please contact the CIfA Events team:

January 25th, 2021 9:00 AM (BST/UTC+1)   to   January 29th, 2021 5:00 PM (BST/UTC+1)