Here in Surrey, we benefit in particular from a fantastic Community Archaeology Team run by the County Council and part of the Surrey County Archaeological Unit, based in the Surrey History Centre in Woking. Their aim is to increase interest and involvement in the heritage and historic environment of Surrey, by making archaeology accessible to the public and providing opportunities to participate in activities and events. These range from talks and workshops delivered to schools (both in-school and on site), family learning activities, open days, volunteering projects, training opportunities, etc.
These include the current Heritage Lottery Funded excavations at Woking Palace, training day in environmental sampling at Sayers Croft, the Preston Community Archaeology Project, the Hidden History of Chobham test-pit project, Digging for History test-pitting in Caterham, and many more fascinating programmes!
Also be sure to check out and get involved with the Surrey Archaeological Society and their opportunities, as well as the Council for British Archaeology South-East.
(photos courtesy of Surrey County Council and Digging Surrey’s Past)