Innovation Festival


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Recordings from the Innovation Festival are now available for all event attendees via Sched.
Links will be made available to the public in the coming months.

The historic environment is rich and diverse benefiting from a wide variety of specialisms. Collaborations spanning academic, community-led and developer-funded archaeological research provide fascinating insights to our collective past often with the help of new/adapted ‘innovative’ approaches. However, implementing innovation is not always straightforward.

Our innovation festivals provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the innovative practices and approaches being undertaken across the historic environment sector, whilst tabling for wider discussion some of the identified barriers and challenges to implementing innovation in archaeological research. 

Our next week-long virtual festival will be held from 10 - 14 October 2022 and will comprise a mix of short sessions on each day along with opportunities for open discussion, CPD and knowledge transfer.

View a list of session summaries and speakers here.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Archaeological apprentices
10am - 12pm

Dragon's Test Pit - CIfA Early careers group
10am - 12pm

AI futures in the heritage sector
9:30am - 1:30pm

Achieving net zero: where do we start?
10am - 12:30pm

Innovative methodologies in fieldwork, assessment & evaluation (Part 1)
10am - 12.30pm

Lunch   CIfA AGM 1pm      

Archaeology for everyone: engaging new audiences
2pm - 5pm

Launch of Archwilio - the HER of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts
3pm - 4.30pm

Introducing CIfA's new Toolkit for Finds Reporting: Roman Coinage
2pm - 2:45pm

Launch of the Historic England Open Data Hub
3:15pm - 4:05pm

The Archaeology of salt making - the location of sites, how salt is made and relationships to coastal changes
2pm - 4:50pm

Innovative methodologies (Part 2)
1pm - 2.30pm

Tea break - what are the barriers to innovation and how can they be overcome?
3pm - 4pm



Registration for the Innovation Festival is now open!

Register now

If you're a student but not a CIfA member we have a great offer for you! Register for the festival as a non-member for £25.00 and get free CIfA student membership until the end of the current registration period (31 March 2023). This will give you 6 months of access to lot's of resources and CPD opportunities, for example, e-Learning modules, event recordings and our catalogue of The Archaeologist magazines. In addition you will also be able to benefit from member rates when booking future events. If you're interested, register as a non-member for the event and then email Jen ( with your details and your membership will be processed.

Our digital platform for this year is Sched, which will host the Zoom links for all registrants. You should have already received your login details; if not, please email If you would prefer to access Sched from your mobile device, you can find the event using the mobile app, available from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Below are links to the recorded sessions from previous festivals