London Area Group


We represent the interests of London’s historic environment, and those who study and care for it.
We have a deep understanding of London’s historic environment, and the nature of heritage in this area.
The role of the CIfA London Group is

  • to make CIfA’s services relevant to London-based members
  • to act as a focus for CIfA members interested in, or working in, London
  • to promote London archaeology positively within the structure of our profession
  • to ensure that the needs of London’s archaeology are fully integrated into CIfA activities
  • to advise Council and staff in the provision of direct support for London archaeologists’ needs
  • to work with other London-based groups and publications for the greater benefit of all stakeholders


  • newsletter
  • events – seminars, meetings and workshops on a variety of relevant topics, at a variety of venues
  • training – short courses focusing on the complexities of urban archaeology
  • website

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members.Non-members will need to pay an annual £10 fee

The Committee

Duncan Hawkins, Hon. Chair
Dave Bolton, Hon. Secretary
Catherine Cavanagh, Hon. Treasurer

Ordinary committee members
Nick Bateman
Victoria Donnelly
Guy Hunt
Sophie Jackson
Christina Reade
Michael Tierney

Forthcoming Events

The AGM is planned for the middle of September. Further details will be posted in due course. Nominations will be sought for at least one committee member. The nomination form can be found here
For all other upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.


C ‘Peasy’ D SERIES – London Archaeologists 2017/2018

What is the ‘C Peasy D’ Series?: Enjoy half an hour of informative and educational presentations with half an hour to discuss the topic and put your questions to industry leading experts.

Why attend:
• Learn about topics that directly influence archaeology in London but that fall outside of the usual training regimes for most units. Get informed about how and why things are done the way they are.
• Get an official CIfA certificate for 1 hour of CPD.
• Meet fellow archaeologists working in other London units. A chance to meet up and chat in a convivial place.
• Expand your horizons – for anyone working in London archaeology, CIfA members and non-members.

Topics are designed to be of particular interest to archaeologists in the PCIfA and ACIfA grades looking to gain some wider knowledge about commercial archaeology in London. People of all levels are urged to attend and contribute to the discussion.

(The London Group is still actively seeking an 'accessible' venue. If anyone has any suggestions, please email groups [at] - subject Accessible London venues)

Past events

  • 11 October 2018, Site Formation Processes: A Refresher. A CIfA London Group CPD event.

  • 19 September 2018, Aspirations for London Archaeology. A CIfA London Group CPD event; followed by the group AGM

  • 10 April 2018, Slipping through the cracks? Joined up thinking to protect non designated heritage assets, A joint seminar by IHBC and CIfA London branches

  • November 15th 2017 - Beyond the record shot: archaeological photos with purpose with Jürgen van Wessel

  • Wed 27 September 2017, 5.30pm - Kings Cross Central: heritage regeneration in action Walking tour

  • Wednesday 13th September 2017 - London Area Group AGM and Debate "the crisis of upcoming work"

  • Wednesday 24th May 2017 – Environmental Samples; When, why, and how to take them. With Sylvia Warman (Historic England Science Advisor for London)

  • 28th February 2017 - A joint event by the London Branches of IHBC and CIfA. HELP! Getting the Historic Environment into Local Plans - and the London Plan.

  • 14 September 2016 - A CIfA London Group debate and discussion, The future for London's archaeology

  • January 2016 - A joint event by the London branch of IHBC and the CIfA London Group. For the Record: How research, recording and chance discoveries can enrich our understanding of London’s past flyer

  • November 2014 - in collaboration with IHBC London.Going underground; the impact of basement construction on the historic environment Going underground

  • Workshop: Selection Strategies for Archive Deposition

  • 23 February 2013 Trains and boats and drains. Infrastructure and the Historic Environment

AGM Minutes

AGM Papers

Committee Minutes

Three year plan

Business plan 2018 - 2021

Annual Report

Annual report 2017


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