About the Festival

The CBA Festival of Archaeology incorporates hundreds of in-person and virtual events delivered by community groups, heritage organisations, universities, commercial units, and more.

It promotes involvement in archaeology through flagship days such as “A Day in Archaeology” and “Youth Day” and allows individuals to get involved from wherever they are, all year round, through our wide range of downloadable resources. Through the Festival, the CBA helps over half a million people to participate in archaeology, explore stories of place, and connect with the environment around them.  

 

Each year the Festival has a dynamic and engaging theme. The theme for 2022 is Journeys. Journeys happen at every scale, through space, time and personal experience. Journeys include daily commutes, trade routes and migrations. Journeys cross land and sea or take place within yourself as a personal journey.  

 

We want to encourage people to discover the archaeology and heritage that is all around them and to explore and share their own or learn about other journeys. Unearthing the journey of sites, buildings, places, people, and events that make our local communities so special. 
If you want to find out more about how you can get involved in the Festival of Archaeology contact the team at [email protected]  
 

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Code of Conduct 

The CBA ask all event organisers and participants to abide by the CBA Code of Conduct. You can find the Code of Conduct on the CBA website  here or download a PDF below.  


Meet the Festival Team

Debbie Frearson

Debbie Frearson

Festival Coordinator

I have been part of community archaeology both as a professional and volunteer since I became involved in heritage about 20 years ago. Prior to this I was a Corporate PA. I was renovating a house with an 1888 datestone when I came across an old railway map dated 1838 which had my property on it. This coincided with a local college leaflet arriving advertising GCSE archaeology, how to use archives and investigate your property and that was it… I was hooked. I went on to take a BA in Archaeology and Landscape History as a mature student, followed by a Masters in Archaeology which I finished 5 years ago.

During the degree other students went abroad for placement but I had a young family so started volunteering at Rutland County Museum cataloguing their archaeology store, and also started an after-school club. I volunteered with the CBA East Midlands group and organised their events programme. As part of the University of Leicester Archaeology outreach team I organised school and community events alongside training students in public engagement. Each of these included taking part in the Festival of Archaeology and offering events.

I still have a strong volunteering commitment as Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club joint leader, Secretary of Hallaton Fieldwork Group and Chair of the Rutland Local History Society. More recently I have been involved in community group training, developing and delivering a project with CBA East Midlands, which recently won a Commendation from the Archaeology Training Forum. 

For me, the Festival embodies everything I love about archaeology. It is all about grass roots organisations and individuals showcasing what they are passionate about and are actively doing, alongside the professional and commercial organisations showcasing their skills. It is a window into archaeology for the world to look through and enjoy as a one off or through continued participation as a new or seasoned follower.

The Festival theme this year of "Journeys" is about opening up a whole new world for others to experience either in person or from their armchair and I can’t wait to see what’s on offer.  

Email:
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Dr Claire Corkill

Dr Claire Corkill

Development Manager

Growing up on the Isle of Man meant I was introduced to archaeology at pretty young age. You couldn’t really avoid passing an archaeological site on our family Sunday afternoon walks and with my dad and grandad both passionate about Manx heritage I guess the direction my career would take was pretty inevitable. 

My first digging experience was at 16, volunteering at an excavation at Billown run by Bournemouth University before heading to the University of York where I got my degree in archaeology. I then returned to the Isle of Man to do an MA in Manx Studies while working as a research assistant at the Centre for Manx Studies, a small multi-disciplinary research unit that was part of Liverpool University. Working with an incredible team of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds was one of the highlights of this role along with the opportunities to work with collaborate with researchers from across Europe studying a diverse range of subjects covering everything from traditional music to sustainable geotextiles.

I returned to York to do a PhD looking at the archaeology of First World War internment before starting work at the CBA. For the last 3 years I have been project managing the Festival of Archaeology. I also support the network of CBA Groups across England and Wales and work on developing new projects and partnerships. Alongside my work I occasionally still dip my toe in academic waters with research on more contemporary archaeology such as the Isle of Man TT races and the evolution of sites associated with fairies and folklore. 

I’m really excited by the ‘Journeys’ theme for this year’s Festival and I can’t wait to get on the road to visit some new places and meet some of the brilliant event organisers and Festival participants. The theme also creates fantastic opportunities for us to travel virtually and share personal journeys and I’m looking forward to hearing how people are engaging with archaeology in their daily lives, from taking on our Local Explorer Challenge to sharing how volunteering has changed their lives. 

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Kerry Edwards

Kerry Edwards

Marketing & Communications Manager

My personality consists mainly of two traits - a love of heritage, and the incessant need to share my passions with people. These two attributes are the reason I am firmly set within the heritage marketing sector. I want people to know about, and enjoy, the incredible culture on their doorstep, especially the archaeology that surrounds them. Marketing is essentially storytelling – sending ripples of narratives out to all the people that would (most likely) love to hear them. My role with the Festival of Archaeology team allows me to help spread the word about the incredible events, activities and resources available during the Festival. I also get to speak to the Event Organisers and Partners to help them with their promotion.

Archaeology is a special love of mine. I studied Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham University, as well as an MA in Museum and Artefact Studies. I can’t plan a trip without factoring in some sort of archaeology trip. Being part of the Festival of Archaeology team allows me to divulge my interest by attending as many of the tremendous events on offer as I can. It is an absolute joy and pleasure to be part of such a significant and important event in the CBA annual calendar.

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Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson

Social Media Manager & Illustrator