CIfA2019 Archaeology: values, benefits, and legacies - Annual training event and conference

24 to 26 April 2019, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Sponsored by Towergate Insurance

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Our theme for the 2019 conference will provide a forum for delegates to discuss and explore ideas around social value, public benefit, and the creation of knowledge. It offers the opportunity to think about legacy and how the work we undertake now will impact on future generations – from inspiring future careers to learning lessons from our failures. We also want to consider how a multitude of stakeholders - archaeologists, policy makers, clients, the public - value our discipline: financially, politically and intellectually and to think about how effective we are in communicating that value through the stories we tell.

We are very excited to be able to hold CIfA2019 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The museum is one of three the Royal Armouries has across the United Kingdom and cares for one of the most important national collections of arms and armour in the world. More information about the museum can be found using the links below

Final conference programme and timetable

Joining instructions

Session abstracts

Wednesday, 24 Apr Breakout sessions
Session 1 If at first you don’t succeed...embrace and share the failures
Session 2 How can we improve the legacies of archaeological community engagement in place making?
Session 3 Early career researchers in archaeology and networking event
Session 4 Metatdata Edit-a-thon

Thursday, 25 Apr Breakout sessions
Session 5 Public benefit, social value, impact, legacy...
Session 6 Whose archaeology is it anyway? Engagement with archives beyond the dig
Session 7 Adapting to climate change – how do we create a positive legacy?
Session 8 Photography and its applications in cultural heritage
Session 9 Public benefit, social value, impact, legacy... (con't)
Session 10 A month in the country? The value of heritage for wellbeing and social prescription>
Session 11 Archaeological geophysics: why do we do it? Is it done well? Does it matter?!
Session 12 Ethics workshop

Friday, 26 Apr Breakout sessions
Session 13 Offshore development: creating a legacy for marine archaeology
Session14 An archaeological inspiration: inspiring creative responses to understanding the past and shaping the future
Session 15 Communicating the values of archaeologists to detectorists and embedding metal detecting into professional practice
Session 16 CIfA Standards and guidance workshop


Bookings are now closed. If you need at amend your booking, please call the CIfA office.
Please note the delegate ticket price includes attendance at the conference, refreshments and lunch, plus the wine reception. You will need to book social evening tickets separately when booking your delegate ticket. All details about our social programmes can be found here. You will need to book your own accommodation; details can be found below.

Don't forget your 10% discount code if you are a CIfA member and work for a CIfA Registered Organisation!
Ask your manager for the code if you don't have it already.

Social Programme

All details for our social programme can be found here. Social programme tickets can be booked on the conference registration page.

Wine reception & dinner - Trinity Kitchen
We would like to invite all delegates to attend our wine reception on the first night of the conference and continue the day's discussions. It is free to attend and there is no need to book.
Please book your place for an informal networking meal, enjoying a variety of food & drinks for £17 per person. Take your pick from Trinity Kitchen’s permanent vendors or enjoy food from one of their six street food vans. Options will be available for dietary requirements.

Disco - Lamberts Yard
Please book your place for a buffet and DJ for £15 per person.
Professor John Schofield (University of York) will be represented at the conference by his alter-ego Hippocampus, performing a DJ set for the conference party on Thursday night. As always, Hippocampus will have something for everyone, reflecting the DJ's own musical tastes, from pop to techno, punk to disco and glam to heavy rock...

Conference Bursaries

In 2019 there will be two opportunities to apply for bursaries to help with the cost of attending Conference:

  • Hal Dalwood Trust Conference Bursary - The Hal Dalwood Trust Fund has been set up to provide an annual bursary to enable an early career archaeologist of any age to attend the CIfA conference. Contributions to the fund have also been made by several CIfA members and other archaeologists. Applications for this have now closed.

  • CIfA’s conference bursary scheme offers assistance of up to £100 to help with fees or travel for members who are students, unemployed or on a low income. Please complete the bursary request form and send it to conference [at] to be considered. Edward Caswell, recipient of the CIfA conference bursary for 2018, reflects on his conference experience in his My CPD diary.
  • Accommodation

    We are able to offer discounted delegate rates on hotel accommodation through Conference Leeds. Please click here to book within one of our room blocks. This is by no means a complete list; should these not meet your needs, there are other hotels in Leeds.

    Sponsorship and promotion opportunities

    We have a variety of sponsorship, exhibition and promotion opportunities at the conference. Please find our display and sponsor booking form, including a listing of all available opportunities. Completed forms and all questions or concerns can be sent to conference [at]

    Session sponsors

    Conference sessions sponsored by
    Historic England logo Headland Archaeology logo Register of Professional Archaeologists logo


    If you have any accessibility needs or concerns, please view our full conference accessibility page for information and important contacts.

    Harassment-free conference

    CIfA2019 is committed to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Please see our policy statements as well as BAJR's respect guide. To report harassment on-site, please contact Alex Llewellyn at the registration desk or via email at admin [at]

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