CIfA2018 Pulling together: collaboration, synthesis, innovation

Annual training event and conference 25 to 27 April 2018, Brighton Racecourse

The theme for our 2018 Conference is Pulling together: collaboration, synthesis, innovation. The event will provide an opportunity for heritage professionals to discuss, consider and learn about ways in which the archaeological profession can work together - and with others - to develop innovative and exciting projects that have wide reaching benefit and become ‘greater than the sum of their parts’.

Live streaming

With help from Doug Rocks-Macqueen and his team from Landward Research Ltd we will be live streaming three sessions at CIfA2018. See below for more information. Doug will also be recording a number of other sessions which will be available to view after the conference.

Opening address:

Wednesday 25 April, 11:00 - 13:00

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CIfA staff and Board members will give a series of short, informative presentations updating you range of important CIfA priorities which we believe will help our sector to collaborate, synthesise and innovate. These include

  • the development of individual Chartered Archaeologist accreditation
  • career pathways and accreditation: updates on CIfA accredited employer training schemes and University degree accreditation
  • partnerships with National Agencies
  • developing overseas partnerships
  • looking back at the recent big policy achievements and what the future challenges will be for the sector
  • your Institute moving forward: developing our communication strategies and engaging professionals

Whose archaeology is it? (Part I)

Wednesday 25 April, 14:00 - 17:30 (there will be a 30 minute break between 15:30 - 16:00).

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A hundred years on from the Representation of the People Act, we want to ask hard questions about how representative archaeology is and what our role is in a society with a very different demographic make-up to our profession. At a time when the percentage of female CIfA members drops from 60% at student membership to 30% at MCIfA grade, and over 99% of archaeologists identify as of white ethnicity, with whom and for whom are we ‘pulling together’? This session will be entirely live-streamed, and online involvement in the debate will be actively encouraged. The first half of the session will comprise a series of short papers which will pose questions and provoke debate on topics of representation in the sector including:

  • who does archaeology and the heritage sector represent (and who does it not)?
  • does archaeology have a social role to play, and if so, what?
  • how far can archaeology ‘represent’ those who don’t feel (or want to be) engaged?
  • should the heritage ‘industry’ become more diverse to engage, or will engagement make us more diverse?

The second half of the session will comprise a live-streamed, moderated panel discussion exploring the issues raised by the papers and including questions from both those in attendance and those engaging online.

Plenary session:

Friday 27 April, 14:00 - 15:30

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The plenary session will draw together the conference themes of innovation, collaboration and synthesis and focus particularly on our ongoing development of Chartered Archaeologist status. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive programme of consultation as the criteria and mechanisms for awarding Chartered Archaeologist develop, prior to asking your approval to submit to the Privy Council. We hope you will have taken the opportunity to talk to us informally over the course of the conference, but the plenary session gives us a more formal opportunity to discuss the latest developments and answer your questions.

Members have been sending in questions for the plenary discussion in the run up to the conference, but if you haven’t already, you can tweet us at @institutearch using the hashtag #ChartArch and #CIfA2018 or email at

A detailed programme for each session can be found in the CIfA2018 FInal Programme

CIfA2019: 24 to 26 April 2019

What would you like the theme for CIfA2019 to be? What will be the hot topics archaeologists should be focusing on and debating? Tweet your suggestions to #CIfA2019

CIfA2018 is sponsored by Towergate Insurance.

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