Delivering public benefit from archaeology

The historic environment, like the natural environment, is a shared, irreplaceable resource. It is managed – and researched, cared for and conserved – on behalf of, and for the benefit of, society. Increasing understanding of the past is at the heart of everything archaeologists do and is, itself, a public benefit.

As professionally accredited archaeologists we have accepted a responsibility to conserve the historic environment, to use it economically to provide reliable information and to disseminate the results of our work. We have also made an ethical commitment to promote the value of the historic environment and to engage with the public to include, inform and inspire.

Download our latest information sheet to find out more about what public benefit archaeology delivers, how public benefit in archaeology can be created and what it looks like, and links to a variety of case studies which demonstrate the range of ways to deliver public benefit.

We hope to turn this into a web resource in future so if you have other case studies you'd like to share please email us at