For nearly 50 years we have delivered creative, ground-breaking archaeological research and public engagement. Find out how this has influenced people locally, regionally, nationally, and worldwide...
Between April 2022 and March 2023, our potential to deepen this influence expanded even further as we welcomed former L - P : Archaeology into the charity. We now have 6 offices and several remote stations across England. Our unique status as both a charity and Independent Research Organisation (IRO) puts archaeology to work in changing our understandings of and approaches to the past, present, and future.
Over the year, we:
- Launched six new grant-funded research projects, including our first European project on data infrastructures. We also completed a one-of-a-kind contribution to the development of UK research-driven policy through DCMS’s Cultural Heritage Capital programme.
- Became the first IRO in the arts and humanities to win an Impact Acceleration Account. This allows us to redistribute £450,000 in funding to achieve new forms of impact with partners like small businesses, other charities, government agencies, and freelancers.
- Reached over 400 million people worldwide through both national and local press campaigns, and featured twice in CNN’s top 15 discoveries of the year.
- Engaged directly with 6,972 local people through our bespoke public impact programmes designed for commercial clients
- Published 35 articles in magazines and journals, plus 5 books.
- Deposited 112 archaeological records into archives in 8 counties around England. This includes 30 into digital collections like the British Library Repository and the Archaeology Data Service.
- Wrapped up the second phase of the world-renowned CITIZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) citizen science initiative. We also secured National Lottery Heritage Funding for the pilot of its next phase – Coasts in Mind – which aims to reform how citizens influence public opinion and policy around coastal heritage.
- Introduced 2,514 people to the Thames foreshore, and launched a London Young Archaeologists’ Club based out of Creekside Discovery Centre. All via the Thames Discovery Programme’s National Lottery Heritage Funded River Recoveries project.
- Launched a new Trainee Supervisor programme to complement our existing Early Career Archaeologist schemes. These offer employment, training, and structured career progression to both degree holders and those new to archaeology (celebrating 90 recruits across all programmes since 2021).