New Generation Group

Your Profession, Your Future, Your Voice

Calling the New Generation

  • Fearing dark days for the profession ahead, or optimistic about the future?
  • Worried about where archaeology is going, or excited about the journey?
  • Do you crave a voice in shaping your career and the profession?

Thanks for finding us and joining the debate.


The New Generation Special Interest Group was formed in 2012 following a series of discussions and debates by a number of PCIfA grade members at the 2012 IfA Conference in Oxford. It became clear that there were many people within the institute, in the early stages of their careers in archaeology, who wanted to be more involved with the the institute and play a greater role within the sector as a whole.


The New Generation SIG aims to support archaeologists in the early stages of their career working in all aspects of the sector. We aim to achieve this by:

  • exploring, researching and offering practical support and advice on pathways into the profession and career development;
  • highlighting the contribution of early career archaeologists to the sector both in the present and in the future,
  • by increasing the role and representation of early stage career archaeologists within the CIfA.

Join the Group

Membership of the New Generation Special Interest Group is open to anyone who is interested in the future of the archaeological profession; in sharing their wisdom, experience and skills; or in developing their own skills and career.

It is free to CIfA members. Non-members will need to pay an annual £10 fee.
You can contact us at groups [at]


the 2019/20 New Generation Committee are:
Colin Forrestal (Chair)
Otis Gilbert (Secretary)
Joanne Kirton (Treasurer)
Owain Scholma-Mason (Ordinary Committee Member)
Rebecca Enlander (Ordinary Committee Member)

Please note there are three vacancies for Ordinary Committee Members on this committee. If you are interested in being on the committee please complete the nomination form and email groups [at]

Three-year plan

Business plan 16-19

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • Annual General Meeting, held 4th December 2019 at 11am at the Briar Rose Meeting Room, Birmingham

  • CIfA2019 Early Careers Session Poster Competition
    As part of the CIfA 2019 conference session on Early Careers Researchers in Archaeology, we held a poster presentation allowing early career professionals to present aspects of their work or thoughts on their career journeys. We received some diverse entries and these were displayed throughout the conference in the exhibition hall.
    We would like to thank all those who submitted posters and offer our congratulate Krystyna Truscoe, doctoral research student at the University of Reading, who was the winner of the competition. Krystyna’s poster presented her work on Using Aerial Photographs and Lidar to Analyse Late Iron Age Oppida Landscapes. She received a prize of £100 worth of book tokens generously provided by CgMS.

  • Talking 'bout my generation - Early career archaeological Geophysicists session
    The Chartered Institute for Archaeologist’s (CIfA) Geophysics (GeoSIG) and New Generation groups held an afternoon session at the International Conference of Archaeological Prospection (ICAP), University of Bradford. The aim was to provide a forum to discuss how to begin a career in commercial archaeological geophysics, plus CPD training to improve delegates’ employability. For more information, click here.

AGM minutes

31 August 2016
16 April 2015

Committee minutes

28 September 2017
12 July 2017
14 February 2017


For details on training courses look at our professional development pages in the Careers section.