About the Campaign

Why Was the Campaign Launched?

The Campaign to Save British Archaeology was launched in 2021 following the threat of proposed compulsory redundancies among Archaeology and Heritage staff in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester and news of the proposed closure of the University of Sheffield Archaeology Department.

The closure of world-leading departments of archaeology can only be described as short-sighted. At a time when funding for archaeological research and for the heritage sector in general is tight, willingly abdicating the high reputation of British archaeology, facilities and academic knowledge risks the future of countless research projects at sites of tremendous historical importance.

The UK has long been regarded as a pioneer of archaeological practice and technology, with universities often being at the forefront of new research. We aim to ensure that expertise is safeguarded and passed on for generations to come.

Our Aim

  • Halt the closure of university archaeology departments across the United Kingdom.

How will we achieve this?

  • Demonstrate the importance of archaeology to protecting Britain's heritage.

  • Ensure the UK remains at the forefront of scientific research and development.

  • Inspire a new generation of archaeologists to address the shortage of skilled workers highlighted by the Government.