Project information

Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC)

YAC aims to support and nurture the enthusiasm and interest of young people around the country in the archaeology of th UK.

YAC engages with c. 2,000 national members, c.600 volunteers and many more Local Branch members through its 74 volunteer run Local Branches.

YAC continues to support young people on a year by year basis


  • Need


    Opportunities to learn and interact with archaeology are disappearing fast as funding is cut across the heritage sector.

    There are limited opportunities to learn about archaeology at school. Higher Education provision is vulnerable to cuts, and the study of archaeology is likely to reduce.

    The number of professional archaeologists will reduce significantly in the near future.


    YAC is a vital resource to ensure young people can continue to access archaeology now and in the future.

    YAC provides a vital outlet for young people to develop and explore archaeological interests which in turn enables them to broaden their horizons and develop new ambitions.

    YAC equips young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge to become future archaeological stewards, champions and practitioners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology


    » Provide the Young Archaeologist magazine four times a year
    » Provide the YAC Pass encouraging young people and their families to visit and participate in heritage events
    » Provide archaeology themed events to help support the learning and participation of young people in and about archaeology
    » To inspire and support young people to follow their interest in archaeology so that they can become tomorrow's archaeological advocates and stewards

    More young people joining YAC and going on to study or particpate in archaeology as adults.

    Aim 2

    To support individuals to share their knowledge of archaeology with young people


    » Support the YAC volunteer Branch network to set up Branches and to run Branches effectively
    » To run training for volunteers in effective and safe operating practices for working with young people
    » To help set up opportunities for young people to develop their own self-confidence by providing opportunities for participating in archaeology
    » To build capacity in the archaeological sector for working with and sharing information with young people

    Mor volunteers running more YAC Branches, providing more opportunities for young people to get involved locally.

  • Impact


    More children will be supported in their interest in archaeology, leading to greater to build the next generation of archaeologists. This will in turn lead to more young people participating in community archaeology and becoming advocates and stewards for the UK's archaeological heritage.


    Child safety risks are alwyas a concern, but the CBA has set up a system of ensuring that all volunteers working with young people through YAC undertake a full CRB check.


    Reports (quantitative and qualitative) - annually or more frequently if needed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £155,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,000 Subscriptions Membership support and development
      £37,000 Young Archaeologist Production of 4 magazines a year
      £8,000 YAC Pass and Events Provisin of events and activities to encourage children to visit attractions and learn more
      £8,000 Promotion Raising the profile of YAC across the UK
      £13,000 Training Providing training around the UK to ensure safety and quality of YAC Branches
      £15,000 Grants and Resources Providing grants and resources to new and existing Branches
      £45,000 Branch support providing advice, support and monitoring for volunteers and Branches to ensure high quality delivery

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Subscriptions £22,000 Guaranteed
    English Heritage £43,000 Conditional
    Private donations £300 Guaranteed
  • Background


    YAC operates across the UK and has over 70 local Branches


    All children between the ages of 8-17 who have an interest in archaeology

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The CBA is the only charity acting for archaeology across the UK. We have contact and networks which we can draw on from all levels of archaeology from academic, through professional to community archaeologists.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Over 600 Volunteers Across The UK

    Volunteers run the YAC Branches and make it possible to provide local opportunities for children to get involve with archaeological activities

    Head Of YAC

    Manages YAC and ensures support and training for all of our volunteers. She also organises YAC activities and events

    Communications Officer

    Manages the production of the Young Archaeologist magazine, which is produced 4 times a year, and organises for the YAC Pass to be produced.

    YAC Support Officers

    Vital to running YAC these two posts make it possible to provide YAC and support members and volunteers.