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2013-2014

ACA in 2013–14 maintained its broad range of heritage related
outreach activity involving schools and communities
in (mostly) eastern England, directed by Dr Carenza
Lewis with Catherine Ranson (archaeological supervisor)
and Clemency Cooper (administrator) in full time roles
supported by Dr Jenni French (Peterhouse, Cambridge) and
Trish Biers (MAA) providing part-time support in assessing
HEFA students’ written reports.

North Warnborough, Hants HEFA 2014


Thirteen aspiration-raising Higher Education Field Academies
(HEFAs) were run in 2013–14 in Writtle, Acle, Rampton,*
Walberswick, Sawtry,* Garboldisham, Daws Heath, Long
Melford, Great Amwell, North Warnborough, Hindringham,
Riseley* and Manuden (*indicates villages excavated for
the first time in 2014). In 2014, 529 learners attended HEFA
from 52 schools, accompanied by 98 school staff, with
University of Cambridge funding thereby providing 1587
learner days. 86 per cent of learners attended from high
priority schools with low levels of progression rates to HE,
GCSE attainment and ‘Value Added’ indices. 95 per cent of
all participants rated it as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ and 91 per
cent felt it improved their understanding of the subject.

The number intending to apply to university increased by 13
per cent, to a Russell Group university by 45 per cent and to
Cambridge by 47 per cent. A summary of the results of all
the HEFA test pit excavations in 2013 has been published in
Medieval Settlement Research volume 29.


Completing 10 years is a significant achievement for the HEFA programme,
which since 2005 has involved more than 4000 13 to
17-year-olds, 84 per cent of whom have completed it
feeling more positive about the idea of going to university
than they had done before. Analysis of the feedback over
this decade has enabled the particular aspects which
make HEFA successful to be identified, providing robust
evidence for the wider social value of archaeology.

ACA’s community outreach included 18 public lectures
given over the winter by Dr Carenza Lewis to audiences in
Eastern England, Yorkshire and Hampshire. Some presented
the results of the AHRC-funded Cambridge Community
Heritage, while several others concluded various projects run for the
Managing a Masterpiece (MaM) programme which finished
in autumn 2013.

Stour Valley Community Archaeology continue excavations at Goldingham Hall, Essex

An important legacy outcome of the latter in 2013–14 was
the inauguration of a new group, Stour Valley Community
Archaeology (http://stourarch.wordpress.com/), which
was founded with the encouragement and support of
ACA by residents of the MaM project area, inspired by their
involvement with archaeological projects run by ACA for
MaM. SVCA is currently continuing, under ACA supervision,
the MaM excavations at Goldingham (Essex), which are
revealing evidence for a well-preserved medieval manorial
complex with late Anglo-Saxon origins, including a timber
hall and working areas.

Fieldwalking at Snape, Suffolk as part of the Touching the Tide HLF project

ACA also ran three community projects along the Suffolk coast,field-walking and geophysical survey training days near Snape and a weekend of test-pit excavations in Southwold. These were all part of a new Heritage Lottery Fund landscape partnership project ‘Touching the Tide’, intended to help local people better to understand, appreciate and care for the Suffolk coastal landscape between Lowestoft and Felixstowe.