At the end of 2017 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. The aim of the survey was to:
• gain a better understanding of who is working within community archaeology
• create a profile of the profession
• understand the needs of the profession in terms of support and training
• identify what the SIG could do to support the needs of the profession and promote best practice and standards in community archaeology across the UK
The survey was primarily aimed at people working in a professional or semi-professional capacity and engaged in, or directly supporting, community archaeology projects and groups. It was open and promoted across various channels (social media, CBA and local county community group networks, CIfA etc...) to both CIfA and non CIfA members. The survey results show that there is a genuine need to support community archaeology across the sector, whether it is community archaeologists working with groups, developing and running projects, or the community groups themselves.
You can read the full report here.