There are many opportunities at a national, regional and local level for people interested in learning informally or formally about their heritage and getting first-hand experience of archaeological excavation and survey methods.
One place to start pursuing an interest in archaeology further is the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) which lists forthcoming fieldwork and conference opportunities and regional groups who arrange activities and talks. The CBA organise an annual ‘Festival of Archaeology’ with hundreds of special events each summer. For younger enthusiasts, there’s also the Young Archaeologists’ Club with regional branches who have monthly meetings and is open to all 8 to 16 year olds.
The magazine also has a section about how to get involved in archaeological digs on their website here.
The AQA exam board has an A-Level in Archaeology, offered at various post-16 institutions across the UK.
The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education offers courses and qualifications for adults seeking flexible study opportunities in Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, Historic Environments, History, Local & Regional History amongst other subjects.
The CBA website also has useful FAQs in becoming an archaeologist.
There are also numerous societies in East Anglia which provide fantastic opportunities to get involved and learn more about the history and archaeology of the region. The following is a list of local societies by county (please get in touch if you know of any others to add):