Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is a core part of our ethos. It informs the way we work, the decisions we make, and how we interact with the world around us.

What we are committed to…

  • Championing a more diverse range of perspectives in our investigations and analysis.
  • Telling stories that give voice to and resonate with a wider range of people.
  • Ensuring our staff and those we interact with feel comfortable being themselves.
  • Removing barriers to enter the sector and/or engage with our work.
  • Creating safe spaces to discuss and debate challenging subjects.

Why is this important

Understanding the full range of human experiences in the past is only possible by including a diverse range of perspectives in the present. Our EDI work therefore improves our ability as archaeologists to interpret the archaeological record, and as a result the value we offer wider society.

We recognise our field has a deep history of inequality and discrimination. Our EDI work provides opportunities to confront these often-uncomfortable truths – with the aim of learning from and correcting damage made in the past.

EDI also supports the wellbeing of our staff and those we work with – empowering people to be themselves and realise their full potential.

How we are doing this

Our EDI strategy is led by a dedicated working group made up of staff from across the organisation. This includes members of our Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees. Each year the group develop an EDI Improvement Plan, which engages with staff across the organisation and external partners to work towards meeting the aims outlined above. 

Our EDI work is also supported by our staff-led Network for Ethnically Diverse Staff and LGBTQIA+ Network. 

What we are currently doing

Our current EDI Improvement plan includes some of the following areas of focus: 

  • Putting in place an EDI reporting system to effectively monitor and challenge inappropriate, offensive, or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Delivering role-specific EDI training across our organisation.
  • Supporting initiatives that aim to diversify the themes and narratives told through our research and projects.
  • Evaluating our recruitment systems and processes to ensure opportunities are accessible to a more diverse range of applicants.

If you would like to find out more about our EDI work, please contact our EDI Working Group lead, Louise Fowler.