Voluntary and Community Archaeology Group


Thanks to those who attended our AGM this month. Minutes from the meeting will be released soon.


The Voluntary and Community Archaeology Group was originally set up in 2011 and after a period of dormancy was reinstated with a new committee at their AGM in 2016. The Group aims to:

  • 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.

Join the Group

Membership is free for CIfA members, you can join our group by groups [at] archaeologists.net>. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.

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Nina O'Hare (Secretary)
Sarah-Jane Farr
Penelope Foreman
Jess Lowther
Emily Johnston
Richard Bennett

Specialist competence matrix

Thank you to those who contributed to our consultation about the competency matrix.
This specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in community archaeology.

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.


  • Report on the Local Planning Authority Public Benefit Survey 2021 (PDF)

  • Community archaeology online CPD resources (PDF)

  • Digital resources for community archaeology (PDF)

  • Community Archaeologist survey report (PDF). This report comes from a survey of community archaeologists responses taken to inform the group's strategy over the next few years.

  • How can we improve the legacies of archaeological community engagement in place making? Group session at CIfA2019.
    This session explored how we can improve the community engagement aspect of archaeological investigations to maximise the potential for sustained engagement with local communities and to build long lasting, positive legacies. We are interested in hearing about attempts to do this from across the heritage sector. A goal of the session was to capture a series of five ‘helpful tips’ to promote new approaches to how we can improve public engagement and longer lasting, more sustainable public benefit. You can watch this session as well as other from CIfA2019 here.

  • 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.

AGM minutes

Updated minutes to follow.

Committee meeting minutes

Committee meeting May 2021
Committee meeting March 2021
Committee meeting January 2021

Three-year plan

Coming soon.