Innovation Festival 2023



The historic environment is rich and diverse benefiting from a wide variety of specialisms. Collaborations spanning academic, community-led and developer-funded archaeological research provide fascinating insights to our collective past often with the help of new/adapted ‘innovative’ approaches. However, implementing innovation is not always straightforward.

Our innovation festivals provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the innovative practices and approaches being undertaken across the historic environment sector, whilst tabling for wider discussion some of the identified barriers and challenges to implementing innovation in archaeological research. 

Our next week-long virtual festival will be held from 9 - 13 October 2023 and will comprise a mix of short sessions on each day along with opportunities for open discussion, CPD and knowledge transfer.

Call for sessions

Our call for session for the 2023 Innovation is open until 18 August 2023.

Areas we’re hoping to explore at the innovation festival include

  • academic research
  • public benefit
  • working practices
  • innovative approaches
  • innovation by design

Sessions will all be delivered online but can be of a format of your choosing. For example a short one-topic presentation, a 'lunch and learn' style chat, a 3 hour workshop, a prerecorded video - the choice is yours and new ideas are encouraged!

To propose a session please complete our Innovation festival session proposal form (microsoft forms) or download a word document version and email this to If you've got an idea you'd like to dicuss first before submitting a proposal please get in touch.

Please read our Guidance for creating your session


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday





Lunch   CIfA AGM 1pm      

Workshop Ethical Archives: how to be FAIR, sustainable and ethical when it comes to archives.


Session Student/early career research




Below are links to the recorded sessions from previous festivals