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

Archaeology Elsewhere

Archaeology Elsewhere is our comprehensive round-up of archaeological events taking place around the country. As part of our aspiration to champion archaeology for all, it is completely free to list events here and promote them to a wide audience. For convenience, we have divided the different archaeology events into the following categories.  

  • Conferences: Major archaeology or heritage-themed conferences in the UK and abroad.  
  • Fieldwork: Opportunities to take part in a dig, from basic taster days to multi-week projects.  
  • Short Courses: Ranging from one-off talks to multi-day courses on important archaeological topics.  
  • Talks and Lectures: Listings for both live and online upcoming talks.  
  • Networking and Skills Development: Opportunities to meet new people in the discipline, share ideas, and learn new skills.  

Please be aware that most of the events are arranged by third parties and we cannot guarantee the type or quality of facilities provided on-site. 

*Any events posted here are subject to change and may be affected by pandemic restrictions – please contact the event organisers with any queries.  

Do you have an Event to Promote? 

Tell us about your events and we will include them in Archaeology Elsewhere, listing them in the next issue of the British Archaeology magazine and online on our website. To send over your event details, please visit our contact us page.  

Please note that due to space limitations it is not always possible to include all events within the printed magazine, but they will always be listed online.  

Youth engagement activity day at Beeston Castle, Cheshire