The 2023 Festival of Archaeology will take place from 15 July - 30 July. Our theme is Archaeology and Creativity.
Welcome to the event organisers area. Take a look at the material below to help you create the best possible Festival event.
Please note: the Council for British Archaeology facilitates the Festival of Archaeology, however we remind organisers that it is their responsibility to undertake checks, risk assessments and safeguarding, as well as managing event enquiries and undertaking core event promotion.
Use our "how to" Guides to help you make your Festival event inclusive and welcoming for all and deliver great online presentations.
Check out our top tips for creating Festival of Archaeology Events for Young Adults (16-25 year-olds) and attracting young adults to your events.
Health and Safety
It is really important that you read through the Health and Safety guidance for the Festival, this ensures your audience and your own safety. You must produce a risk assessment in order to have your event listed on the Festival website and our insurance policy requires this to be part of the event creation process.
Safeguarding event participants
Safeguarding is a really important consideration when planning your event and all event organisers are required to have a safeguarding policy in place. Please read through the guidance which includes a template policy if you need it.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) offers free contingent public liability insurance, product’s liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance cover to organisers and properties taking part in the CBA Festival of Archaeology.
Visit our Insurance page to find out more.
Marketing and Photography
Our Marketing and Photography guide will help you publicise your event has details of how to keep us up to date so we can help spread the word through the CBA’s media channels for UK wide coverage. There is also information on capturing images and video at your event.
This year the Festival is once again a hybrid event and that means there are lots of great ways to get involved and engage the public in the fantastic work you do.
List your live events through our Festival event listing
On the ground events – the Festival of Archaeology has always been about getting people together in person to participate in archaeology and heritage.
Online events – digital events such as talks and workshops create opportunities to reach audiences across the UK and if you record your live event, you can also add details of the recording to our Festival Resources.
Use our Festival Resources area to share content available all year round
Self-led activities – this can be digital or on the ground activity that involve participation such as a self-guided walk or a craft activity that can be completed in the individual's own time.
On-demand resources – this includes pre-recorded talks, virtual walks and immersive landscapes or other activities that can be accessed at any time from the comfort of your armchair.
You are welcome to upload a combination of events and resources and if you have any questions about where your activity fits best please do get in touch for a chat by emailing [email protected].
We are really looking forward to seeing what you, as an organiser can offer.
Don’t forget we are here to help, contact the Festival Coordinator Debbie Frearson at [email protected] if you need further assistance.