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Adopting Archaeology

posted 11 Jun 2016, 13:45 by Paul Brayford

If you are interested in caring for your heritage, the Adopting Archaeology project is about you - so we really want you to get involved!

Together with the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, the CBA is investigating how local community groups can best be supported in their efforts to take care of their local heritage. The Adopting Archaeology project focuses on both the impact and sustainability of local volunteer involvement in caring for heritage. David Jennings ( is heading up ‘impact’ while Harald Fredheim ( takes charge of the ‘sustainability’ strand.

As the project continues, this webpage will be updated with news and opportunities about how you can get involved. In the meantime, contact us at if you would like to be added to our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter  where we are: @adoptarchy, @folkdeejay and @haraldfred.

Take a look at Harald’s initial call for participants to help design tools to support your efforts to care for your heritage ( Similar opportunities will be extended to a wider range of groups in the Autumn. Please do get in touch if you are interested in participating. 

Please do fill out the Caring for Your Heritage survey, to help us understand who you are and how we can best support you through our project.

If you would prefer to print the survey and fill it in by hand, please download the PDF version below.

Festival of Archaeology - Sat 16 July to Sun 31 July

posted 11 Jun 2016, 13:20 by Paul Brayford

The 2016 Festival of Archaeology is nearly here. You can search all of the events registered as part of this year's Festival using the search tool on the Festival website. There are a wide variety of events across all three ridings of Yorkshire including excavations, walks, lectures, museum activities and training events.

Yorkshire Museums Under Threat

posted 29 Feb 2016, 05:20 by CBA Yorkshire

A number of museums have been earmarked for closure as local authorities factor austerity cuts into future budgets.

Museums in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, are under threat as the local authority looks to make savings on the service of £531,000 by 2017-18.

Kirklees Council, which currently operates five museums and one art gallery, has proposed reducing the service to three institutions and cutting opening hours.

This means the future is uncertain for Tolson Museum, Oakwell Hall, Red House Museum, Bagshaw Museum and Dewsbury Museum.

Meanwhile, five museums in Lancashire look set to close in April and the well-regarded Bede's World museum in Jarrow has already closed.

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