Between the 11th and 19th July, we partnered with the Council for British Archaeology for their digital Festival of Archaeology! Together, through activities and events, we amplified the voices of young people involved in heritage and to broaden the appeal of heritage to reach more people.
The CBA Festival of Archaeology offered hundreds of opportunities to get involved in archaeology across the UK. Throughout the Festival, young people lead the way, running a series of events featuring English Heritage experts and exciting guests, as well as sharing their ideas about heritage through blog posts and social media takeovers.
The festival theme, ‘Climate and Environment’ was the inspiration for our programme of Shout Out Loud events, which featured a Stonehenge special event, discussions with youth leaders including young environmental influencer ‘Birdgirl’, archaeology careers talks, and a digital mystery tour across England to find some of the best examples of historic graffiti! We also hosted a special episode of History at Home Live! hosted by CBBC presenter Ben Shires.
Friday 17th July was also Youth Takeover Day! Young people took control over the Council for British Archaeology, the Young Archaeologists’ Clubs and the Shout Out Loud social media accounts and blogs in a #YouthTakeover. While we were unable to visits sites in person we wanted to share the work (paid and volunteer) of young people across the sector.