2021 CBA Festival of Archaeology – Exploring Local Places
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Festival of Archaeology will run from Saturday 17 July to
Sunday 1 August. Following the success of last year’s digital Festival this year we will have a blend of
online and on the ground events which will include a range of self-guided activities.
The CBA Festival of Archaeology is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of archaeology. Traditionally
held over the last two weeks of July, the Festival has evolved from a two-day event to two weeks of
activity. With hundreds of events delivered by community archaeology groups, heritage
organisations, universities and commercial units, we help over half a million people to engage in
archaeology, explore stories of place and connect with the environment around them.
As coordinators of the Festival, the CBA provide support and promotion to external organisers.
The CBA Festival of Archaeology website offers information, guidance and event registration for
organisers and acts as a hub for the public providing search facilities, a blog, competitions and
details of the Festival’s principle online events such as A Day in Archaeology and Ask An
Exploring local places
Exploring local places, our theme for the 2021 CBA Festival of Archaeology is all about helping
people discover the archaeology and heritage that is all around them. Our Festival of Archaeology
2021 will help people get out and explore their local places, to discover stories, sites, buildings,
places, people and events that make our local communities so special.
We want you to help us celebrate local sites, stories and the people who lived and shaped our local
places. Archaeology is a great tool to help you do this and to find out more about places through
How have they changed and how do we use them today?
Who lived and worked there in the past and do we use them in the same way today?
What can you see today that would have been in the landscape 10, 100 or even a 1,000 years ago?
While you are waiting for this year’s Festival of Archaeology to get underway there are lots of ways
you can start to explore your local place. Here are some ideas to get you started:
• Try our Local Explorer Bingo Challenge and see how many things you can find. This is a great
activity to do on your daily walk.
• Take a wander down your local high street and think about how it has changed over time. If
you are a member of a local archaeology society or history group this could make a great
• Discover Dig School(link is external) and learn how you can use archaeology to find out
about the people who lived on your doorstep. Dig School is a series of online workshops and
activities ending with the opportunity to dig a test pit in your own back garden!
• Try out a self-guided walk.
• Got a question about an object, site, feature or simply curious about something unusual –
get answers from archaeologists around the world on Ask An Archaeologist Day.
• Photo competition – take part in our photo completion on the theme of Local Heroes – we
want images that capture the very essence of the places you live in and what makes
them special to you. It could be a building, a place, a tree or garden, an archaeological site or
feature, it could be people and friends and the places you meet – what defines the place you
live, work, like to visit or go to school in a photograph.
• Contact your CBA regional group, local archaeology society, history group, museum, library,
and archive to find out what they are doing and how you can get involved.
• Find out more about ways to participate in archaeology and share your experience as part
of A Day In Archaeology.
• Watch out for our growing list of events and activities and sign up for our regular updates via
the Festival website.
• Become a member and supporter of the CBA and get involved in our activities all year round.
Find out more here https://new.archaeologyuk.org/become-a-cba-member.
How to get involved
Festival of Archaeology events offer opportunities for all ages and levels of experience.
Take part in an event near you. Festival events including hands on activities, fieldwork opportunities,
talks and guided walks, re-enactment and much more.
Participate in our online events – this year we will be offering a range of online talks and workshops
If you have a local place you would like to share, why not put on your own event. For more
information about becoming an event organiser please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events will be listed on the Festival of Archaeology website from April. In the meantime, we still have
a range of fantastic events and activities from the 2020 Festival that you can view at any time.
Search the event listings at https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/find.