The purpose of the Voluntary and Community Archaeology group is
- to provide a recognised voice for furthering the interests of voluntary and community archaeology within the CIfA.
- to promote the adoption and implementation of CIfA Standards by voluntary and community archaeologists (and the organisations to which they belong).
- to advise Council and its committees on issues relating to Voluntary and Community archaeology, both within the context of the CIfA and within the discipline of archaeology as a whole.
- to provide guidance and assistance to ensure that voluntary and community archaeologists (and the organisations to which they belong), have the necessary and recognised competence to carry out archaeological research to the highest possible Standards.
- to promote discussion between voluntary and community archaeologists and other archaeologists in order to foster a greater understanding and improvement of relations, to further the overall pursuance of archaeological knowledge and research.
After a period of inactivity the group was reinstated with a new committee at an AGM on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at the Birmingham Midland Institute.
Join the Group
Membership is free for CIfA members. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.
Please contact us at groups [at] archaeologists.net
Dan Miles (Chair)
Rob Hedge (Secretary)
Annie Partridge (Treasurer)
Community Archaeologist survey report
The Voluntary and Community SIG undertook a survey of community archaeologists to help inform the direction and the focus of the SIG over the next few years.
You can read the full report here.
For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.
The 2017 AGM was held at at the Hive Worcester on 7 March. Equality and Diversity group also held their AGM there and after lunch members of both groups attended a Mental Health Aid CPD workshop facilitated by training providers approved by Mental First Aid England.
Critical mass: working together for a better archaeology - Critical Mass was a joint conference hosted by CIfA and CBA on 15 October 2015 in York and aimed to bring together practitioners, volunteers and organisations to think about how we can all work together. The day was about understanding issues, finding solutions and planning actions which could have a real impact on how archaeology can develop for the benefit of everyone. The programme included speakers to inspire a number of themed discussions about archaeology, accessibility and impact. Some of the sessions were recorded and you can access them here.