Young Archaeologists’ Club

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Schools are being offered support to help set up archaeology clubs for students of all ages.

The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) After-School Clubs initiative is aimed at pupils from as young as year 3 through to the end of secondary school.

The YAC has been running for more than 40 years, and currently takes the form of weekend clubs for eight to 16-year-olds.

Run by the Council for British Archaeology, there are more than 70 clubs across the UK set up in informal learning spaces such as museums, community halls and parks and run by volunteers.

Like the existing YAC branches, YAC After-School will approach archaeology through “playful, hands-on activities”, from experimental archaeology to craft projects. Clubs will set out to explore all eras of human history, from the prehistoric period to the modern day.

YAC After-School Clubs receive resources to help support teachers deliver engaging club sessions, including a bank of hundreds of activities and session plans.

And the Dig School resource is specifically for schools operating remote learning and involves an online programme of lively extra-curricular workshops themed around archaeology.

  • The YAC was established in 1972 and is now part of the Council for British Archaeology. For more information, visit

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