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Societies & Further Study

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.

National Archaeology

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 Current Archaeology 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.

East Anglia

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):



Ampthill and District Archaeological & Local History Society

Bedford Architectural Archaeological & Local History Society

Biggleswade History Society

Colmworth and Neighbours History Society

Dunstable and District Local History Society

Manshead Archaeological Society

Maulden History Society

Langford History Society

Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological & Local History Society

Potton History Society

Riseley Historical Society

Sandy Historical Research Group

Sharnbrook Local History Society

Shillington History Society

Stevington Historical Trust




Abington History Group

Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

Cherry Hinton Local History Society

Chesterton Community Archive

Cottenham Village Society

Eltisley History Society

Ely & District Archaeological Society

Fen Edge Archaeology Group

Fenland Archaeological Society

Fulbourn Village History Society

Gamlingay and District Heritage Society

Giddings History Group

Great Chesterford Local History and Archaeology Society

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group

Hemingfords' Local History Society

Houghton and Wyton Local History Society

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Isleham Society

Kimbolton Local History Society

The Landbeach Society

Linton & District Historical Society

The Littleport Society

Longstanton and District Heritage Society

Melbourn History Group

Meldreth Local History Group

Orwell Local History Society

Peterborough Archaeology

Peterborough Museum Society

Sawston Village History Society

Sawtry History Society

St Ives Archaeology Group

St Neots Local History Society

Stapleford History Society

Swavesey & District History Society

The Thorney Society



The Essex Society for Archaeology & History

AGES Archaeological & Historical Association

Bulmer History Society

Chingford Historical Society

Clacton and District Local History Society

Elsenham Village History Society

Foxearth and District Local History Society

Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive

Halstead and District Local History Society

Heritage Writtle

Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society

Loughton & District Historical Society

Maldon Archaeological and Historical Group

Manuden and Berden Local History Society

South East Essex Archaeological and Historical Society

Rayleigh History

Recorders of Uttlesford History

Rochford Hundred Field Archaeology Group

Saffron Walden Historical Society

Takeley Historical Society

Thurrock Local History Society

West Essex Archaeological Group

Woodford Historical Society



Baldock Museum & Local History Society

Bishops Stortford History Society

The Buntingford Railway & Local History Society

Codicote Local History Society

East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society

Harpenden and District Local History Society

Hemel Hempstead Local History and Museum Society

Hertford and Ware Local History Society

Hitchin Historical Society

Kings Langley History and Museum Society

North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society

Norton Community Archaeology Group

Pirton Local History Group

Potters Bar and District Historical Society

Rickmansworth Historical Society

Royston and District Local History Society

St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society

Stevenage Society for Local History

Tring and District Local History and Museum Society

Watford and District Industrial History Society

Welwyn Archaeological Society



Acle Community Archive Group

Aylesham Local History Society

Belton and District Historical Society

Binham Local History Group

Blakeney Area Historical Society

Blofield and District Conservation Group

Brundall Local History Group

Bunwell Heritage Group

Carleton Rode History Group

Cawston Historical Society

Cringleford Historical Society

Dereham Antiquarian Society

Fakenham Local History Society

Federation of Norfolk Historical and Archaeological Societies

Feltwell Historical and Archaeological Society

Garboldisham History Society

Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society

Harleston and District Historical Society

Loddon and District History Group

Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society

Paston Heritage Society

Terrington St Clement History Group

The Thetford Society

Weeting History Group

Wells Local History Group

West Norfolk & Kings Lynn Archaeological Society

Wymondham Heritage Society



Aldeburgh and District Local History Society

Bramford Local History Group

Bures History Society

Clare Historical & Archaeological Society

Coddenham History Club

Dunwich Museum

Framligham and District Local History and Preservation Society

Glemsford Local History Society

The Hadleigh Society

Haverhill and District Local History Group

Little Waldingfield History Society

Long Melford Historical & Archaeological Society

Lowestoft Archaeological and Local History Society

Mendlesham History Group

Newmarket Local History Society

Saxmundham and District Local History Society

The Southwold Museum and Historical Society

Stour Valley Community Archaeology

Sudbury History Society

Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History

Walberswick Local History Group

Waveney Valley Community Archaeology