Events and Activities

The CBA organises a range of events every year, with the aim of encouraging archaeology for all.

These include lectures, workshops, research seminars, activity days and question and answer sessions. Through such events, the public can discover how to participate in archaeology and learn new archaeological skills.  

Additional events are held for archaeology groups, to support them in attracting different audiences, utilising new digital technologies, and connecting with the wider community.  

The CBA also coordinates the annual Festival of Archaeology, a two-week programme of archaeology events across the UK for people of all ages and backgrounds. Festival events include guided walks, exhibitions, excavations, activities, and more.  

Almost all our events are free, as we aim to give everybody the opportunity to partake in and be inspired by archaeology, broadening engagement with the field.

We also hold a variety of events targeted specifically at young people, many of which are run by or for the Young Archaeologists' Club. Throughout the year we also run activity days through our partnership with English Heritage's flagship youth engagement project, Shout Out Loud. These have included exploring the prehistory of Beeston Crag in Cheshire through flint-knapping and metalworking, exploring archaeology through photography at Wrest Park and learning all about ostearchaeology at Barton-upon-Humber.

We also provide a comprehensive round-up of other archaeological events taking place around the country with the CBA Briefing.  

To see the full list of events currently taking place, please check the Event Calendar

Youth engagement activity day at Beeston Castle, Cheshire


Our Upcoming Events

3 February 2022

The CBA Annual Beatrice De Cardi lecture 2022

Join us for the launch of Launch of the Marsh Community Archaeology Awards, Festival of Archaeology & The De Cardi lecture 2022. This ticket is …
3 February 2022

Council of British Archaeology AGM 2022 & the Beatrice De Cardi Lecture - Members Only

Join us for our 2022 AGM & De Cardi Lecture.
10 – 24 January 2022

Archaeology Study Sessions: Art on the Move

Explore prehistoric portable art in three online lectures and discover ‘art on the move’ with Dr George Nash.
Zoom Short Courses
25 January 2022

The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic

The first talk in CBA East's Winter Lecture Series 2022. A tantalising look at how ritual and magic appear in archaeology.
Zoom Talk/Lecture