All CIfA projects either deliver research into professional practice, or are directed towards the promotion of workplace learning and professional development. These projects, their outputs and the ideas they generate, are intended to support our advocacy, provide benefits to members and to further the development of the archaeological profession.

The Institute will continue to seek funding for this kind of research, to help us improve deliver the objectives in our Strategic Plan.

The Institute does not rely on projects for funds to deliver its regular services to members, but project surpluses do enable the Institute to invest in initiatives that serve members interests when required. In recent years these have included

  • the development of a proposal to introduce Chartered Archaeologist
  • assistance and advice to European colleagues
  • the development of models for Workplace Training, apprenticeships and accreditation of degrees
  • the campaign to promote CPD among professional archaeologists

All CIfA projects are run in accordance with professional standards for project management (based on Prince 2 and Historic England'  MoRPHE (Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment) guidelines. Detailed financial reporting on projects is delivered regularly to CIfA's management team and reported to the Board of Directors.

In our Strategic Plan for 2020 (PDF file), we commit to continual review of the range of projects we are involved with through consultation with Advisory Council, members, other archaeologists and stakeholders.

CIfA projects

This workshop series completed in December and the notes and next steps will be made available soon. Workshops took place in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester and were attended by over 200 professionals from... Read more
Historic England project lead: Steve Trow, former Director of Research, Historic England CIfA project lead: Jan Wills, former Hon Chair, CIfA During 2017 the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, in partnership with and funded by... Read more
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This guide is aimed at anyone who needs to meet the requirements of legislation or  policy that relate to archaeology. It explains what you need to do and why you need a professional archaeologist to help you through the process.... Read more
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CIfA carried out a survey to find out how CIfA and professional archaeologists are viewed by people those within our sector, and those in related professions and organisations – our ‘stakeholders’. This was the first of three surveys to be... Read more
Maritime Archives
This project aims to map maritime collection areas, review current maritime archives and review the need for future archive creation and management. The project was undertaken in three phases: Element One - Mapping Maritime Collection... Read more
National Vocational Qualification in Archaeological Practice
In 2009, CIfA achieved their goal of establishing an Assessment Centre to offer archaeologists in the UK the NVQ in Archaeological Practice. Although CIfA is subsidising the set up of the centre, within 5 years the Centre will be self... Read more
Archaeology and Construction Engineering Skills
The project has partners from four European countries, the UK, Turkey, Poland and Norway. It will produce learning materials for engineers and archaeologists to use, with the aim of sharing knowledge between the professions. The project... Read more
Standards and guidance for Archaeological Resource Centres
This project produced a suite of guidelines for planning and running a successful archaeological resource centre within the UK. A supporting policy document was produced separately by English Heritage sets out in detail the urgent need... Read more
HLF workplace Learning Bursaries
Since 2006, the HLF has funded CIfA to run between 8 and 10 Heritage Lottery funded bursaries every year, designed to address identified archaeological skills gaps. The scheme is intended to provide a model to be taken up by... Read more
Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe
Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe is an international project, examining archaeological employment and barriers to international mobility within archaeology across twelve countries of the European Union. All national reports on... Read more
EH Professional Placements in Conservation
EPPIC placements are an English Heritage and CIfA initiative. EPPIC placements are designed to provide work-based learning opportunities in specialisms related to the historic environment. Placements are provided and supervised by... Read more
National Occupational Standards for Archaeological Practice
On behalf of the Archaeology Training Forum, CIfA worked with Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation (CHNTO) to map a career structure for archaeology in the form of National Occupational Standards for Archaeological Practice... Read more
Funded by Historic England and jointly run by CIfA and ALGAO, this project will map the archaeology sector, to better understanding its structure and needs in relation to the provision of specialist advice. It will identify further... Read more
At the CIfA 2018 conference in Brighton a session entitled ‘Write here Write now (Drafting a CIfA report standard)’ took place. This was co-organised by Edmund Lee (HE) and Steward Bryant (Independent consultant) and was focused on... Read more
This project is funded by Historic England and is being led by Louise Rayner (Archaeology South-East) with the support of the CIfA Finds Group committee and CIfA/HE colleagues. The project aims to produce a Toolkit to improve standards in... Read more
Historic Environment Scotland funded the organisation of three workshops that took place in November and December 2019 in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The aim of workshops was to generate new ideas about the... Read more
This project is funded by Historic England and aims to build sector capacity by identifying barriers to the adoption of innovative techniques/technology. Working with the Association of Local Government Archaeologists (ALGAO), it will... Read more
Historic Environment Scotland are funding the organisation of three workshops due to take place in November and December in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow with the aim of generating new ideas about the structure, funding and delivery of... Read more
The question of how to handle digital archives has been a hot topic for archaeology for years and now forms the focus of the Digital Archives in Archaeology project. DigVentures have been commissioned by Historic England to develop... Read more