Societies & Further Study

DSC_3048There are many opportunities at a national, regional and local level for people interested in learning informally or formally about their heritage and getting first-hand experience of archaeological excavation and survey methods.

National Archaeology

One place to start pursuing an interest in archaeology further is the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) which lists forthcoming fieldwork opportunities and regional groups who arrange activities and talks. The CBA organise an annual ‘Festival of Archaeology’ with hundreds of special events each summer. For younger enthusiasts, there’s also the Young Archaeologists’ Club with regional branches who have monthly meetings.

The magazine Current Archaeology also has a section about how to get involved in archaeological digs on their website here.


The AQA exam board has an A-Level in Archaeology, offered at various post-16 institutions across the UK.

The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education offers courses and qualifications for adults seeking flexible study opportunities in Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, Historic Environments, History, Local & Regional History amongst other subjects.

East Anglia

There are also numerous societies in East Anglia which provide fantastic opportunities to get involved and learn more about the history and archaeology of the region. The following is a list of local societies by county (please get in touch if you know of any others to add):


Ampthill and District Archaeological & Local History Society

Bedford Architectural Archaeological & Local History Society

Manshead Archaeological Society

Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological & Local History Society

Potton History Society

Riseley Historical Society

Sharnbrook Local History Society


Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Cambridge Archaeology FieldGroup

Fen Edge Archaeology Group

Fenland Archaeological Society

Houghton and Wyton Local History Society

The Isleham Society

Longstanton and District Heritage Society

Meldreth Local History Group

Peterborough Museum Society

Sawtry History Society

St Ives Archaeology Group

Stapleford History Society

The Thorney Society


AGES Archaeological and Historical Association

Bulmer History Society

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History

The Hadleigh and Thunderrsley Community Archive

Heritage Writtle

Malden Archaeological and Historical Group

Manuden and Berden Local History Society

South East Essex Archaeological and Historical Society

Recorders of Uttlesford History

Rochford Hundred Field Archaeology Group

West Essex Archaeological Group


East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society

North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society

Norton Community Archaeology Group

Pirton Local History Group

St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society


Acle Community Archive Group

Binham Local History Group

Blakeney Area Historical Society

Brundall Local History Group

Carleton Rode History Group

Federation of Norfolk Historical and Archaeological Societies

Garboldisham History Society

Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society

Paston Heritage Society

Terrington St Clement History Group

West Norfolk & Kings Lynn Archaeological Society


Aldeburgh and District Local History Society

Bramford Local History Group

Bures History Society

Clare Historical & Archaeological Society

Coddenham History Club

Dunwich Museum

Little Waldingfield History Society

Long Melford Historical & Archaeological Society

Lowestoft Archaeological and Local History Society

The Southwold Museum and Historical Society

Stour Valley Community Archaeology

Sudbury History Society

Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History

Walberswick Local History Group

Waveney ValleyCommunity Archaeology

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