Volunteering at Oxford Archaeology
Oxford Archaeology is committed to widening access to heritage and archaeology. We welcome and support volunteers to get involved in our work.
Volunteering with us can be a great opportunity to work alongside and learn from a team of professional archaeologists. We have opportunities, particularly at our OA East office, for anyone considering a career in archaeology, for archaeology students and for people of most ages who simply have an interest in archaeology and the past. Archaeology is a multi-disciplinary subject and there are a wide range of activities you can get involved in. Volunteers can dig on an excavation, help to process artefacts or work alongside archaeologists at public events with the Outreach & Learning Officer.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete OAEast & Jigsaw Cambridgeshire Volunteer Application Form, read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Oxford Archaeology Health and Safety Policy. Send your completed form to David Crawford-White, the Outreach & Learning Officer at Oxford Archaeology East, and direct any questions to him. Applications are welcome all year round. If you are a non-UK resident please contact the Outreach & Learning Officer for an additional form to complete.
Generally you need to be fit and able, but there are also office tasks. What we do request if you wish to volunteer on site is that you are able to dedicate at least 1 week at a time. Office work can be more flexible, although agreeing regular days and times is usually required.
Current Opportunity: Romans of Fane Road Project
OA East, working with Fane Road Allotment Association and Peterborough City Council, and with a grant from from the Heritage Lottery Fund, are running ‘The Romans of Fane Road’ project, which is delivering a wide range of community heritage activities over 20 months for the residents of Peterborough. More about the project and how you can be involved can be found here.
OA East offers a wide range of services and resources to schools and other organisations to promote access to the heritage and archaeology of Cambridgeshire. As an organisation that has worked within the education sector for many years, we can offer a wide range of opportunities based both in and out of school. Work experience and volunteering opportunities can also be provided for students.
Archaeology is a cross-curricular subject covering aspects of History, English, Geography, Art and Design, Mathematics, Technology and Science. It is also a subject with which all ages groups can engage with and enjoy. OA East can provide and support a broad range of opportunities, from illustrated talks to ‘hands on’ activity sessions. These services can be provided in a wide variety of environments, including schools and colleges, as well as youth and community organisations. OA East can also provide a range of resources for independent use that can be linked to the National Curriculum.
For more information please download our Educational Activities brochure, including information on how you can hire our 'red boxes'. See picture (right) for an example of our Saxon clothing red box.