CIfA Area and Special Interest Groups

CIfA’s Area and Special Interest Groups represent different specialisms, geographical areas and themes across the Historic Environment sector. They were formed by members of CIfA who want to promote the Institute’s work and provide a forum for discussion regarding good practice and assist in setting high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice. Groups also present specialist views to CIfA members through to the Advisory Council and respond to consultations from external bodies when requested.

Connecting with CIfA’s Area and Special Interest groups will keep you up to date with current policy and professional practice through regular meetings, CPD training events, e-newsletters and bulletins and forums.

Please use the links below to see each group's webpage.

Area Groups

Area groups are by geographical boundary and include both countries and smaller regional areas.

Special Interest Groups

Join a group

CIfA members can join any groups for free by ticking their preferred groups from the list under 'update individual contact details' in the members area (requires login).
Non-CIfA members can join a group for a small annual fee of £10 per group, though it may be worthwhile applying to be a CIfA member if you wish to join several. To join a group, click the button below or email with your details so that we can invoice you for the fee or post in a Non-member SIG order form along with a cheque for the relevant amount. You can also use this link to renew your membership.

Setting up your own group

Interested in setting up your own CIfA group? Make sure you read the regulations governing area and special interest groups (pdf file) and contact the CIfA office before submitting a proposal. This helps us manage staff resources and offer support on best formats.