Voluntary and Community Archaeology Group


The Voluntary and Community Archaeology Group was originally set up in 2011 and after a period of dormancy was reinstated with a new committee at their AGM in 2016. The Group aims to:

  • 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.

Join the Group

Membership is free for CIfA members, you can join our group by groups [at] archaeologists.net>. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.

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Dan Miles (Chair)
Hayley Roberts (Secretary)
Annie Partridge (Treasurer)
James Brown
Mike Nevell
Sheena Payne-Lunn
Hannah Potter
Penelope Foreman
Nina O’Hare

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.

Forthcoming events

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

Previous events

  • 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.

AGM minutes

2016 AGM minutes