Voluntary and community archaeology group

Voluntary and Community Special Interest Group Community Archaeologist Survey Report

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

You can read the full report here.


The purpose of the Voluntary and Community Archaeology group is

  • 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.

After a period of inactivity the group was reinstated with a new committee at an AGM on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at the Birmingham Midland Institute.

Join the Group

Membership is free for CIfA members, while non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee. If you wish to join this group, please contact the CIfA at groups [at] archaeologists.net

Social Media

Twitter https://twitter.com/VolComArch

Wordpress https://volcomarch.wordpress.com/


Dan Miles (Chair)

Rob Hedge (Secretary)

Annie Partridge (Treasurer)

James Brown
Mike Nevell
Sheena Payne-Lunn
Hannah Potter
Phil Richardson
Hayley Roberts

Forthcoming events

More events coming soon.

Previous Events

  • The 2018 AGM was held on Wednesday 25 April at the CIfA Conference in Brighton. James Brown gave a short presentation on the recently conducted community archaeology survey.

  • 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.

Social media

Group members can find information about VCSIG with regular updates about projects, events and news on both Facebook and Twitter. Join in!

Group activities

Annual Review 2017

The group had its AGM on March 7th and some changes to the committee were made with Dan Miles becoming Chair and Annie Partridge Treasurer. That same day a Mental Health Awareness training day was held, co-organised with the Equality and Diversity CIfA group. This was a very interesting and successful training event.
The group is currently working on putting out a survey of community archaeologists working in the UK heritage sector and will have a stand at the 2017 Scotland's Community Heritage Conference in Glasgow.

AGM Minutes

2016 AGM minutes
2012 AGM minutes
2011 AGM minutes


Number 1:February 2012

Community Surveys

The New Forest National Park Authority (NFNPA) is seeking to undertake a project to review, assess and evaluate the variety of resources UK wide that are easily accessible to local groups, volunteers and other interested parties who want to undertake self-guided work within the archaeological sector. You can find more information on the project here and and, if you are interested in doing the work, here.

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