Our team at Albion Archaeology is committed to outreach work, and believe that the local community should be involved with our findings wherever we carry out work.
Albion Archaeology have a long history of being involved in educational outreach and regularly send archaeologists into schools to give talks. An archaeologist can visit the school with a range of artefacts and a variety of activities for the children to part in. The children become archaeologists for the day, sorting and recording the finds from an Roman excavation. The finds we bring along are real and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the children to handle objects up to 2000 years old and to use real archaeological evidence to come to conclusions about life in the past. We generally find that our Roman artefacts are most popular but if you are currently studying another period in history or pre-history, alternative objects to handle can be brought along in order to support the curriculum. Our school visits are mostly designed for KS2 but we can always tailor our visits to accommodate a range of ages.
Whilst our school visits mostly cover the history curriculum, archaeology can make a valuable contribution to whole school cross-curricular learning days. Although archaeology teaches us about past communities which had little written history, recording, interpreting and understanding archaeology also requires numeracy skills and an understanding of science. Some of the activities can be fun and practical too. The Albion Archaeology cave has been out to the Young Archaeologists Club and the Bedpop science event where children (and adults) had a go at cave painting after mixing their own paints using charcoal and clay. Educational events will be publicised on our events page. Go to Discover Your Past to find details of joining the Young Archaeologists’ Club.
Other educational activities that we have been involved with include attendance at career days where we can show case what an archaeologist does and provide some advice to anyone thinking of archaeology as a career. A new 18+ apprenticeship route into archaeology is currently being developed and so we are hoping that it won’t be too long before we are able to take on our first archaeological apprentices.
In some cases, it is possible to arrange for a small number of students to visit an excavation site for the day, though this will very much depend on the sites we have running and whether it is safe.
Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to arrange for an archaeologist to visit your school, please contact us. Remember to let us know your preferred date of visit, name of school and any special requests regarding time period covered.
To find out more about some of our recent educational activities please visit Success Stories.