Special interest groups, projects, services & national societies:
- 3D Archaeological Society - A society of keen amateur archaeologists of all ages and experience. Strapline of Dig, Delve and Discover. Monthly Wednesday meetings at The Granary, The Knox Arms, Harrogate.
- Achill Archaeological Fieldschool - The Achill Archaeological Field School was founded in 1991 as a Training School for students of archaeology and anthropology.
- Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites - advises Government on the suitability of wreck sites to be designated for protection on the grounds of historical, archaeological, or artistic interest in accordance with the terms of the 1973 Protection of Wrecks Act
- Aerial Archaeology Research Group - Provides a forum for all those actively involved in aerial photography, remote sensing, photo interpretation, field archaeology and landscape history. This also includes the use of aerial photography in defining preservation policies for archaeological sites and landscapes. Annual conference, twice yearly journal.
- Aerial-Cam - Archaeological photography services, including low level aerial photography for excavations, building recording and ancient monuments. Based In Worcestershire we travel to commissions throughout the UK.
- AHRC Centre for Evolutionary Analysis of Cultural Behaviour - Our aim is to create a centre for interdisciplinary research that will use cutting-edge evolutionary biological methods to advance understanding of the evolution of human cultural behaviour, especially those practices that are connected with subsistence, and the manufacture and use of artefacts.
- Air Photo Services Cambridge - Specialises in interpretation of aerial photographs and teaches the topic in Britain and Europe, with their 'Wings Over Armenia' international project,
- Air Photo Services Ltd - Specialists in arial photographic interpretation, rectified mapping from arial photographs, CAD and GIS solutions and arial photography.
- Airfield Research Group - Promotes research into airfields (military and civil) and associated features (includes munitions dumps, units, memorials, aircraft factories, etc. but excludes crashed aircraft). Regular meetings, publishes 'Airfield Review' quarterly. Actively involved in fieldwork research and recording, but no excavation.
- Ancient Egypt and Middle East Society - A non-profit making organisation, founded in 1987, interested in the ancient civilizations of the Middle East. Members are from all over Britain and some from as far as Egypt.
Organises illustrated talks and lectures on the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East. 5 day schools and 1 weekend conference yearly. Institute/Museum visits on occasions.
- Ancient Landscapes, Information Systems and Computers - Computer-based research on ancient systems of land management.
- Ancient Metallurgy Research Group - Research into all aspects of early metallurgy. Research includes field survey, excavation, analysis of ores, metals and slags; includes experimental investigations.
- Ancient Sacred Landscapes Network - ASLaN is a focus for the exchange of information about ancient sacred sites and their care, between the public, local groups and national bodies in England. Members share information on creative and positive ways of managing the increasing pressure on our ancient sacred sites.
- Andante Travels Ltd - Archaeology and the Ancient World revealed through expert eyes. CBA endorsed guided archaeological tours in Britain, Europe and beyond.
- ARCH: Archaeological Research Projects - Awaiting further details and site reconstruction
- Archaeological Investigations Project - English Heritage commissioned The Archaeological Investigations Project to undertake a detailed study of the nature and extent of archaeological fieldwork carried out in England annually.
- Archaeological Objects Thesaurus: mda - The aim of this working party was to develop guidance and common principles for the recording of object names within the archaeological profession and related disciplines, and to provide an interface with other national and international standards developed for archaeological objects.
- Archaeologists and Development - Archaeologists campaigning for the environment
- Archaeologists for Global Justice - Archaeologists for Global Justice arose as a response to the widespread and ever increasing injustice affecting our world. It was conceived and put into motion by archaeologists at the University of Sheffield (UK), and inspired by the actions of Archaeologists Against the War in opposing British involvement in the Iraq conflict.
- Archaeology Data Service - Supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources. It does this by preserving digital data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating a broad range of data in archaeology. The ADS promotes good practice in the use of digital data in archaeology, it provides technical advice to the research community, and supports the deployment of digital technologies.
- Archaeology Tools Ltd - The company supplies trowels and tools throughout the UK and abroad to amateur and professional archaeologists. They take major credit cards, cheques and PayPal.
- Architectural Heritage Fund - Operates a national revolving fund to support the work of local building preservation trusts and other charities undertaking projects which involve the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Gives advice and information to people interested in setting up preservation trusts.
- Archive of Anglo-Saxon Pottery Stamps
- ArchTools - The UK's leading specialist in supplying archaeological tools and equipment. Archtools was established to offer a bespoke affordable solution on archaeological tools and services for professional and amateur archaeologists. The Archtools catalogue includes a wide range of excavation equipment and specialist archaeology trowels.
- Arms and Armour Society - Dedicated to both the study and preservation of arms and armour from the earliest times to the present day.
- Artefact: Archaelogical Object Database - The Artefact(TM) Database is designed to help archaeologists and curators classify and record all the information that is known about the objects they are studying and keeping. The parent company, Masque Arts, deals in marketing and web solutions for arts organisations. Masque Software is a trading name of Systematic Marketing Limited.
- Association for Environmental Archaeology - Promotes the advancement of the study of human interaction with the environment in the past through archaeology and related disciplines, including palaeobotany. Annual conferences and other meetings, quarterly members' newsletter, a journal, publishing of conference proceedings. Membership open to all actively involved or interested in any aspect of environmental archaeology.
- Association for Industrial Archaeology - Promotes the study of industrial archaeology and encourages improved standards of recording, research, conservation and publication. Assists and supports regional and specialist survey and research groups and bodies involved in the preservation of industrial monuments. Provides a forum for both amateur groups and professional bodies; holds seminars and conferences, and administers awards.
- Association for Roman Archaeology - The ARA is a Registered Charitable Company, Limited by Guarantee, dedicated to supporting and fostering an interest in Roman Archaeology.
- Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics - Founded in 1978 as the British Section of l'Association Internationale pour l'Etude de la Mosaïque Antique (AIEMA). Organises two major meetings a year and publishes the annual illustrated journal 'Mosaic'. Membership is open to all types of interest at all levels. The Association keeps a catalogue of every Roman mosaic discovered in Britain.
- Bamburgh Research Project - Website for a long-running research excavation which was set up in 1996 to investigate the archaeology and history of the Bamburgh area of Northumbira.
- Battlefields Trust - Trust for the preservation, interpretation and presentation of battlefield sites. Opportunities for research and survey.
- Bead Society of Great Britain - Formed in 1989 and open to all those interested, either privately or professionally, in beads ancient and modern, the techniques of making them and their application.
- Bead Study Trust - Founded in 1980 to promote research using archaeological, ethnographic and scientific techniques on beads, past and present, from all parts of the world.
- Beckermet Local History Group - The group wish to research the history of the village of Beckermet, a unique village, as it has three parish boundaries, on the West Coast of Cumbria.
- Beginners Guide to Irish Archaeology, A
- Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project - A mutli-disciplinary research project based on the north side of Loch Tay in the Central Highlands of Scotland.
- Brigantia - Iron Age Celtic re-enactment society available for hire.
- British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography - biab provides information about articles and books on the archaeology of Britain and Ireland, producing two updates each year - adding over 1,000 references per annum. It is a CBA service, supported by all the major national bodies from UK and Ireland including English Heritage (incorporating the former RCHME); Heritage Council of the Republic of Ireland; Society of Antiquaries of London; Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments; Historic Scotland; RCAHMW; RCAHMS; Environment and Heritage Service of Northern Ireland; Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; and the Council for Scottish Archaeology. biab is the latest in a long line of bibliographic services for British and Irish archaeology provided by the CBA. biab maintain the entire archive of these services - over 100,000 references to publication from 1940 onwards. To that dataset we have added records from earlier bibliographies, containing records from as far back as 1695AD, details of which can be found here. This data has been digitised and imported into a relational database structure. This database of nearly 200,000 references - currently updated twice a year with the most recent information - is biabonline.
- British Association for Local History - Local history enriches our lives both as individuals and as whole communities. It is an area where amateur and professional can meet and work profitably together. We need your support in promoting this important educational cause. The more members we have, the more effectively we can represent the interest of local historians.
Local historians range from interested individuals and members of local societies to the professionals in the field such as archivists and university lecturers. There are many thousands of people now actively involved in making a valuable contribution towards enriching and extending our understanding of the past.
- British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology - Promotes the study of human bioarchaeology in order to understand the human condition from the past to the present. Provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and aims to improve standards in all aspects of the study of the biological remains of past and present peoples.
- British Brick Society - Promotes study of all aspects of bricks.
- British Cave Research Association - A registered charity whose object is to promote the study of caves and associated phenomena.
- British Dovecote Society - The only organisation specifically devoted to the promotion, preservation and conservation of dovecotes in Britain. The Society has been in existence for over 20 years. Alternative address 19 Elder Road, Bradley, Huddersfield, HD2 1SS, tel 01484 423354.
- Brompton Ralph Heritage Project - This project investigated, recorded and promoted identified heritage assets within Brompton Ralph and restored a mural feature in the village hall.
The project also:
researched graves and plotted them onto a map;
researched field names from written and oral sources and placed these on a map;
surveyed many buildings in the parish.
- Bronze Age Foundry - Authentically Reproduced Bronze Age Implements: attempts to recreate as accurately as possible the metallurgical technology of the Bronze Age
- Building Conservation Directory, The
- Caistor Roman Town research project
- Caithness Archaeological Trust - Initiated in the summer of 2000 as the Caithness Archaeological Project with the University of Edinburgh with the first stage focussing on the re-survey of 9 broch settlements excavated by Sir Francis Tress Barry and published by Anderson (1901). Operating alongside re-survey, a re-analysis of surviving collections donated by Tress Barry to the National Museum of Scotland is currently in progress, contact Andrew Heald (NMS).
- Can Stock Photo Inc - Search Can Stock Photo for stock photography, photos, digital illustrations, picture clip art and royalty-free photograph images. Can Stock Photo has the stock image, royalty free photo, stock photograph, graphic or picture that you need. Can Stock Photo offers professional royalty free stock photography at affordable prices. The site's high-quality images start at $1, and a generous license agreement gives users the flexibility they need. Whether you need an image for advertising, presentations, brochures or just decoration, Can Stock Photo has you covered with its database of more than 1 million images! The site offers free weekly downloads with thousands of new images added every week. The site's database includes more than 2,500 archaeology images, from Mayan and Greek ruins to Egyptian pyramids! Buy photographs and get immediate image file downloads or subscribe for a low monthly fee. Can Stock Photo also offers EPS vector illustrations, clipart digital artwork, clip art, stock footage, and video animation clips.
- Castle Studies Group
- Castor Built Environment Audit - Castor has a rich heritage including nationally important Roman archaeology, one of England's finest churches, and historic model farms and formal parklands.
This project is recording the built and natural heritage elements, which give the village its character. The project is also assessing the historic and current influences, which have created the present built environment.
- Centre for the History of Defence Electronics - Established in 1995, CHiDE has, to date, devoted much attention to developements in electronics particularly during the nineteen thirties, forties and fifties and especially with regards to radar and radio communications and defences during the Second World War. Although, this does not in any way set limits on their interest in subject matter or time period.
- Ceramic Petrology Group
- Chapels Society - The Chapels Society is a charity which seeks to promote public interest and knowledge of the architectural and historical importance of all places of worship outside the Established Church (loosely described as nonconformist or dissenting) and their related structures. The Society promotes the survival of these structures, their buildings and furnishings, by offering advice and encouragement to those responsible for their upkeep.
- Church Monuments Society - Founded (1979) for all who have an interest in church monuments of all types and periods. Encourages the appreciation, study and conservation of church monuments both in the UK and abroad. Organizes biennial symposia, biannual lectures, an AGM, often monthly excursions, study groups and an information service.
- Coalhouse Fort Project
- Community Archaeology Ltd
- CommunitySites - Award-winning websites and cataloguing software for community archives and local history groups Winners, Best Small Museum Site and Best Community Site, Museums and the Web 2008
- Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology - An international organisation bringing together archaeologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. Its aims are to encourage communication between these disciplines, provide a survey of present work in the field and to stimulate discussion and future progress.
- Cornish Mining World Heritage Site - The group has prepared a bid to place Cornwall and west Devon's historic mining landscapes on a par with such international treasures as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.
- Cornwall and Scilly Urban Survey - Providing a framework for sustainable regeneration in 19 historic towns. The project integrates two key factors - improved understanding and characterisation of the rich and diverse historic environment which makes Cornwall and Scilly's towns so distinctive and the identification of heritage-led regeneration opportunities so vital to the region's future.
- Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland - The first searchable, digital archive of British and Irish Romanesque stone sculpture.
- Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation - The strategic training organisation for the museums, galleries and heritage sector in the UK.
- CyberWit Software solutions Inc - Providing free licensing to DataScene, a data graphing, animation, and analysis software package.
- Dark Ages Society - A a dedicated group of enthusiasts who recreate life in Britain in the late ninth century, a time when Vikings and Anglo-Saxons competed for control of the land.
- Defence of Britain Project - The Defence of Britain Project was launched in April 1995 with two main objects: to compile a database of 20th century military structures and sites, and to raise public awareness of these monuments. The project runs under the auspices of the Council for British Archaeology and at present has a full-time staff of two who work at The Defence of Britain Database and Archive office.
- Dig Cook, The - A cook who specialises in producing delicious meals for archaeological projects, digs and surveys is taking bookings for field seasons in 2009 and beyond.
- Digital Archaeological Reports - Aim to further the use of the Internet within archaeology by making 'grey literature' generated by UK field archaeology, such as assessment reports, desk top studies, specialist reports, guidance notes and supporting data available as web documents, for use on the World Wide Web or private intranets (or both).
- Dream Loft Studio, The - Bristol-based multimedia agency and freelance illustrator seeking to expand the client base and portfolio of historical and archaeological illustration.
- Earthwatch - An international nonprofit organization which supports scientific field research worldwide through its volunteers and scientists working together to improve our understanding of the planet.
- Ecclesiological Society - For those who love churches!
- English Place-Name Society - Founded in 1923 to carry out the Survey of English Place-Names, with the approval and encouragement of the British Academy.
- European Association of History Educators
- Explore England's Past - The Victoria County History (VCH) is currently running a Heritage Lottery-funded project called England's Past for Everyone. EPE is working with academics and local communities to produce a series of paperback books, resources for schools and an interactive website. Provides free access to 1000s of local history resources including images, transcribed wills and documents and town trails.
- Farndon Archaeological Research and Investigations
- Faunal Remains Unit: University of Southampton - Founded by English Heritage in 1975 to analyse animal remains from Wessex, and since 1991 has had responsibility for animal remains from the whole of the English Heritage South Region.
- Finds Research Group AD700-1700 - A forum for people interested in or researching artefacts of the Saxon, Viking, Medieval and Post-Medieval periods. Allows specialists, finds workers, and other interested persons to communicate and discuss topics relevant to the subject of finds identification and interpretation. Themed meetings/seminars twice a year. Free electronic discussion list. Produces object-based datasheets.
- Flintsource - Website dedicated to sourcing flint, and similar materials.
- Folklore Society - Folklore Society events including lectures, conferences, and exhibitions held both in London and around the United Kingdom. At its prestigious annual lecture, established in memory of Dr Katharine Briggs, scholars of international repute are invited to address the Society. Folklore Society publications include a journal, Folklore, a newsletter, FLS News, and books and pamphlets under the imprint FLS Books. The Society's substantial library, archive, and information service are available to personal members and constitute a unique resource for the study of folklore, both old and new, and its role in people's lives.
- Forest of Dean Archaeological Survey - Since January 2002, the Archaeology Service has been undertaking an archaeological survey of the Forest of Dean, western Gloucestershire. Contacts are Jon Hoyle, Graham Tait and Danielle Wootton.
- Fortress Study Group - International society concerned with the study of all aspects of military architecture and fortifications and their armaments, from all periods, especially works constructed to mount and resist artillery. Formed in 1975 at Pembroke College, Oxford to provide an opportunity for those interested and involved to meet, get to know one another and publish their work.
- Forum on Information Standards in Heritage - Exists to promote and develop standards covering the compilation and organisation of archaeological and architectural heritage 'inventories'.
- Foto Search - Foto Search Stock Photography offers a full online archaeological photography archive and would be a great way for your visitors to find pictures of archaeological sites. At Foto Search Stock Photography, you can find an extensive photo gallery which includes thousands of pictures relating to European archaeology. All the photography is high resolution, professionally produced, and searchable by keyword. Browsing through the online gallery is free, and there are no access charges, registration requirements, or usage limits. Check out a sample gallery here.
- Fountains Society - Society concerned with the study and conservation chiefly of drinking and ornamental fountains within public and private pleasure gardens.
- Friends of Reading Abbey
- Genealogical Services Directory - Special Interest group for all those involved in tracing family and local history.
- GIS Archaeology Interest Group - Run by ESRI and including a discussion forum for archaeology and GIS
- Great Archaeology - A history of archaeology.
- Heritage Image Partnership Ltd - A new online image library with pictures available to download or ordered. Parners include The British Museum, The Museum of London and the NMR
- Historic Gardens Foundation - Set up to create links between everyone concerned with the preservation, restoration and management of historic parks and gardens. Aims to promote greater awareness and appreciation of this aspect of our national and international heritage both officially and with the public.
- Historical Metallurgy Society - Provides a forum for exchange of information and research in historical metallurgy. Aims to gain recognition for the subject from the community at large and to be consulted when issues of preservation and recording arise. Established in 1962, HMS covers all aspects of the history of metals and associated materials, production and use, technology and economics; from prehistory to the present.
- Historical Promotions and Event Management - Historical Promotions and Event Management is an award winning historical event and costumed interpretation company working within the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Leisure industry and we have organised over 600 events in the UK since our formation in 1999. We work with many prestigious clients on cultural heritage projects including National Trust, English Heritage, Cadw, The Royal Air Force and many local authorities, museums, historic properties, show organisers and corporate clients. We have also organised events for the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and Duke of Northumberland, and have performed for Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and former Prime Minster Tony Blair. Our international commitments within the cultural heritage events and tourism sector are varied and diverse, with recent projects undertaken for the Government of Japan and Government of Gibraltar. We are a multi-disciplinary company that designs, plans, co-ordinates and delivers cultural heritage events and interpretation for virtually every historical period with a complete Historical Event Service. Our range of historical periods and events covers live interpretation, re- enactments, multi-period spectaculars, Medieval festivals, battles and sieges, historical markets and fayres, maritime events and air shows, craft demonstrations, historical arena events, jousting and equestrian shows, walkabout and street entertainment, historical costumed characters, lectures and talks and children's activities from the Neolithic period through to post-World War II. We also offer a comprehensive historical entertainment service to our clients in the corporate hospitality and publicity sectors with brand promotions, marketing, premiers, product launches and celebrity personal appearances. Our services also include themed weddings, banquet entertainment and various specialist-training packages available for clients within the heritage industry. We also work extensively with our sister companies Heritage Film Services, Archaeology and Heritage Management Consultancy and Heritage Education Service in providing consultancy and contractual services to our clients within the film and television, archaeology and education industries within UK and internationally.
- Historical Radar Archive - Formed in 1990 by Sqn Ldr MS Dean, MBE, when he realised that the subject of radar had been neglected by the major military and aviation museums. The Archive is not a membership organisation and therefore does not produce a newsletter. It consists of a few researchers studying all aspects of radar history (technical or social) and ensuring accurate recording. Research is funded from personal incomes (and any donations), which have to cover considerable costs of correspondence; copying of documents and photos; preservation of vital documents, photographs, memories and equipment; conducting interviews and dealing with enquiries.
- History Files, The - Online resource with an extensive collection of information covering all historical states, including comprehensive features, highly detailed maps, and lists of rulers for each state.
- History of Ewyas Lacy, The - Project from the Ewyas Lacy Study Group on this ancient Hundred of south-west Herefordshire.
- Hobitus - Radar weather maps, weather NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA) images on this web site. On this site the latest NOAA satellite images of clowds are available, which makes possible to watch the weather.
- Images of England - Funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is a groundbreaking initiative which aims to create a 'point in time' photographic record of England's listed buildings.
- Indigo Scientific Ltd - An independent supplier of Digital Cameras, Imagaing Software and Optical Microscopes, offering quality at sensible prices. All our systems are selected for ease of use and full training is always given. The company brings many years of experience to clients.
- Industrial Archaeology Recordings - Founded in 1982, I.A.Recordings is dedicated to recording past and present industry on film and video. The organisation usually deals with disused buildings and machines, but it is also vital to record the processes of an industry while it is still working, building-up an archive of material for the future.
- Institute of Historical Research
- Keys to the Past - A new and exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project which unlocks the archaeological secrets of County Durham and Northumberland. This website provides access to a complete record of the archaeology of the two counties, from the smallest prehistoric flint to the largest medieval castle. The website is continually updated with new information and images.
- Later Prehistoric Potter Gazetteer - The Later Prehistoric Pottery Collections Register and Bibliography for England: A Gazetteer. This was a post-graduate project submitted to English Heritage
- Leisure Learning - Explores reminders of our medieval history which can still be found today. Short breaks are arranged every summer in a variety of medieval towns and anyone with similar interests is invited to join an exploration. Main interest is in the Medieval but other periods are also often covered, such as Roman, Saxon, Tudor and Victorian places.
- Local Heritage Initiative - Helping communities to celebrate their heritage. A Countryside Agency project.
- MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research - A recent addition to the research facilities of the University of Cambridge which places special emphasis on the archaeology of human cognition and on archaeological science
- Mary Rose Trust
- Material Science-based Archaeology Group - Concerned with the investigation of all aspects of the metallurgical process, from smelting to metal finishing, and from the first use of alloys in the 5th/4th millennia BC to the Industrial Revolution. Based at the Oxford University
- Mausolea and Monuments Trust - Founded in 1992, the Trust seeks to protect, repair and conserve neglected monuments, some through direct ownership. Registered Charity No. 1106634.
- Medieval Documentation for Salford Hundred - A blog about medieval documentation in Salford Hundred, Lancashire.
- Medieval Dress and Textiles Society - Founded in 1991 with the aim of providing a forum for all those curious about European clothing and textiles secular or sacred - roughly from the end of the Roman Empire in western Europe until about 1600.
- Medieval Pottery Research Group - Brings together people with an interest in the pottery vessels that were made, traded and used in Britain and Europe between the end of the Roman period and the 16th century.
- Medieval Settlement Research Group - Brings together archaeologists, geographers, historians and others to use all their disciplines in order to advance knowledge and preservation of settlements of all kinds. Interest is focused between the 5th and 16th centuries but does not exclude study of other periods.
- MIDAS - A Manual and data standard for Monument Inventories produced by English Heritage
- MJ Heritage Photography - Leeds-based freelance photographer specialising in exceptionally high quality images for events, awards ceremonies, architecture, fine art and landscapes. Working all over Northern England. Prices start from 180GBP.
- Monumental Brass Society - Founded in 1887 as the Cambridge University Association of Brass Collectors, becoming the Monumental Brass Society in 1895. The group exists to promote the preservation, recording and appreciation of monumental brasses. Members' interests encompass both medieval and modern brasses in Britain and aboard. Scholarly transactions published annually together with a bulletin three times a year. Based across southern England.
- Monuments at Risk Survey - A Bournemouth University project, funded by English Heritage, which aims to provide up-to-date information about the general characteristics of the archaeological resource as well as specific details about the past, present and likely future condition of different kinds of monument.
- National Association of Aerial Photographic Libraries - An independent organisation whose aim is to promote the use and preservation of aerial photography.
- National Association of Mining History Organisations - Established to promote education and research with regards to mining history and publish results of such research.
- National Inventory of War Memorials - Project to create a central archive of information about war memorials in the British Isles by carrying out both documentary research, and fieldwork to survey and record the memorial sites.
- National Piers Society - A Registered Charity (1076752) Promoting and sustaining interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of Seaside Piers.
- Nautical Archaeology Society - Founded in 1981 to further research in all aspects of nautical archaeology and to ensure the publication of the results. It aims to advance education in nautical archaeology at all levels; to improve techniques in reporting, excavation and conservation; and to encourage participation by members of the public at all stages. The Society is committed to promote the protection of the underwater cultural heritage throughout the world and to increase public appreciation of it.
- Neolithic Studies Group - Group of archaeologists, mainly from Britain and the Atlantic seaboard countries of the European Union, with an interest in the Neolithic period. Membership open to any with interest in the period.
- New Forest History - An informal organisation to link all those involved in researching the history and archaeology of the New Forest area as well as those that wish to commence such studies. Our aim is to promote serious study of any aspect of the history and archaeology of this area and to publish the results, information, queries etc via its Website.
- North Shields Fish Quay - Promoting the heritage and regeneration of the North Shields Fish Quay. The fish quay dates back to the 13th century and features amongst its many historical elements, Clifford’s Fort - a Scheduled Ancient Monument built in the 17th Century as part of a network of coastal defences. Today's working quay is the perfect place for a day out... sample fresh fish and chips, fine dining in one of the many restaurants or simply sit back and take in a colourful slice of modern, Quay life. For Tourism enquiries, contact 0191 200 8535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Northern Mine Research Society
- Ordnance Society - Formed in 1986 to promote, encourage and co-ordinate the study of all aspects of the history of ordnance and artillery. An international society with members from eleven countries and all walks of life. Primary aim is to provide a means of communication for individuals and organisations interested in any aspect of ordnance and artillery of all periods. Organises and produces, to fulfill this aim, an annual journal, quarterly newsletter and several visits each year.
- Orkney Archaeology Tours
- Oxfordshire Buildings Record - The group aims to advance education and promote research on the buildings of Oxfordshire, encourage the recording of buildings and create a publicly accessible repository of records. Within this remit, they provide practical training in building recording, publish a newsletter, develop an archive of building records within the Oxfordshire Record Office and help and encourage local history societies and groups.
- PADI International Ltd (Marketing) - Correspondence to: Marketing website: www.padi.co.uk/two4one
- Palaeopathology Association -
Palaeopathology Association British Section
Calvin Wells Laboratory for Burial
Dep of Archaeological Sciences
University of Bradford
tel 01274 733466
Secretary: Dr Charlotte Roberts
Formed in 1973 by United States and Canadian scientists who maintained that human skeletal and mummified remains can hold valuable information about the past. The Association today comprises scientists, researchers and students from various fields (including physical anthropology, medicine, egyptology and archaeology) and from around the world. Membership is open to any who are interested and dedicated to sharing information, ideas and resources. Association has a quarterly newsletter, annual meeting in North America, and biennial meeting in Europe.
- Palmerston Forts Society - Formed in 1984 and brings together enthusiasts who have an active interest in C19th military fortifications and associated artillery worldwide, but particularly within Hampshire, and is focussed on the ring of forts that protected Portsmouth.
- Papplewick Pumping Station - Papplewick Pumping Station Trust is a registered charity No.1097618. An outstanding example of Ornate Victorian Architecture.
- Past Horizons - Past Horizons archaeology tools, a sister company to the BAJR website. We know what you want because we use the tools ourselves, and have done for over 25 years. Only quality named brands are available. Add to that a free online magazine and heritage video site and that's something worth visiting.
- Pewter Society - Founded (1918) to stimulate interest in and appreciation of pewter through encouraging research into its history, manufacture and social context; disseminating information through meetings, publications, exhibitions and other appropriate activities; advising on its care and conservation.
- Pictish Arts Society - Alternative webiste: www.pictart.org/society.htm.
- Pillbox Study Group - A group for those who believe that that `History` did not end with the dawning of the 20th Century and that defences and fortifications built of `CONCRETE` are important, as well as those built of stone or brick. Focuses on the study, research and recording of small scale defence and anti-invasion structures.
- Portable Antiquities Scheme - A voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.
- PORTAL - Directory of online resources in the humanities and social sciences. It is designed as an entry point to available resources for those working in higher education and research.
- Potsherd - From the author of 'Roman Pottery in Britain'. This is a collection of pages on pottery and ceramics in archaeology, principally of the Roman period (1st cent. BC - 5th cent. AD) in Britain and western Europe.
- Prehistoric Society - The only archaeological society in the British Isles devoted exclusively to the study of prehistory. Interests are world wide and extend from the earliest human origins to the emergence of written records. Aims to advance education and promote interest in all branches of prehistory and allied subjects, and to promote conservation of the archaeological heritage for the benefit of the public. The latest discoveries and developments are presented to members through publications, conferences and lectures.
- Public Monuments and Sculpture Association - Formed in 1991, the PMSA exists for the promotion and preservation of public sculpture and monuments in the British Isles.
- Quaternary Research Association - This registered charity (262124) consists of member from many disciplines including archaeologists, botanists, civil engineers, geographers, geologists, soil scientists, zoologists and others interested in research into the problems of the Quaternary.
- Radio-Past - Radiography of the past. Integrated non-destructive approaches to understand and valorize complex archaeologicalsites), an European Community funded project (People-Marie Curie/IAPP) where 4 academic and 2 industrial partners join their resources to develop integrated non-destructive approaches to understand and valorise complex archaeological sites. The project, which was launched 1.4.09, will last 48 months and aims at developing so-called "open laboratories for research and experimentation", where all expertise conveys, analysis, and technical activities are performed, experimental techniques and new data processing tested, and formation activities are held. The place chosen for the principal open laboratory is the archaeological site of Ammaia in Portugal. Here, the Coordinator Institution (University of Evora) pilots an archaeo-topographical project named "Cidade de Ammaia", centered around a deserted Roman town. This research is linked to other reference projects, mainly on Roman urban sites in Italy, where several of the partners are active since many years. The first milestone for this project was the launch of a website that aims at being a meeting point for all researchers working on these themes.
- Rannoch Archaeological Project - A project carried out by members of the Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division. The area under study is in the very heart of Scotland.
- Regia Anglorum - Accurately re-creates the life of the British people as it was during the 100 years before the Norman Conquest (950-1066AD). Work is not purely bound to these dates and they often host events based in closely associated periods - easily able to stretch in time from the 850's to the Second Crusade. Saxons, Vikings, Normans and Cymru are all within their expertise. Events have a strong educational slant and authenticity is of highest importance - working from found material where possible and having extreme caution regarding such things as the interpretation of styles depicted in manuscript sources. They own a very large quantity of "props" (including three replica ships) constructed to the highest standards from available sources.
- Return of Temple Bar to the City - A website following the return of Temple Bar, the only remaining gateway to the City of London. The website contains a daily photo diary, covering the 72 week project, the history of Temple Bar and Sir Christopher Wren.
- RockStanza - Brochs of Shetland - A databse and forum from which to find out information about the brochs of Shetland.
- Roman Finds Group - Provides a forum for all those with an interest in Roman artefacts. Holds twice yearly meetings; occasional weekend meetings; publishes a newsletter twice a year.
- Roman Gask Project - A long term programme to study the Roman Frontier works on and around the Gask Ridge in Perthshire, Scotland.
- Roman Military Equipment Conference - Goal is to further the study of Roman military equipment with contributions from professional or amateur, academic or re-enactor, archaeologist or historian. Publishes the biannual newsletter 'Arma'; holds biennial conferences - the presented papers then being available in the 'Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies'.
- Roman Pottery Research Group: West Midlands
- Royal Numismatic Society - An academic body of charitable status concerned with research into all branches of numismatics. Lectures and publications deal with classical, Asian, medieval and modern coins, paper money, tokens and medals
- Royal Photographic Society: Archaeology and Heritage Group - Interests cover all aspects of history from archaeological digs to the 20th Century, and are concerned with the photography of buildings, artefacts and activities of various areas and the techniques of this type of photography. The Group hosts various field visits and lectures. Produces 3 or 4 newsletters and a journal each year.
- Scottish Archaeological Forum - The Scottish Archaeological Forum (SAF) was set up in 1969 in order to provide "an opportunity to hear, discuss and assess some of the important new discoveries and reinterpretations of material, either published or unpublished as yet, by all those working in the archaeological discipline in Scotland".
- Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion - SCAPE works to promote the archaeology of the coast of Scotland, particularly at sites threatened by coastal erosion. In addition to managing fieldwork projects, it publishes information and reports on Scottish coastal archaeology on its website and it co-ordinates the Shorewatch Project, winner of the 2004 Silver Trowel Award.
- Scottish Industrial Heritage Society - Promotes the study of and interest in the history and development of Scotland's industrial past. Concerned with recording and preserving samples of industrial heritage in situ and in the industrial museums in Scotland. Believes that Scotland's industrial heritage is important both historically and due to its current influence. Organises visits and seminars; produces a regular newsletter. Compiling a gazetteer/visitor's guide to Scottish industrial heritage - covering any ongoing recording (excavation, landscape/site survey); conservation and museums; historical research.
- Scottish Place-Name Society - The Society, launched in February 1996, exists for the support of all aspects of toponymic studies in Scotland, and in particular the work of the Scottish Place-Name Database at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh.
- Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project - Founded in 1996, the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project is a long-term, multi-period, multi-disciplinary research project set up to investigate the entire range of human settlement and land-use in a typical north-west Norfolk parish, from the earliest times to the present day.
- Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee - The co-ordination, promotion and dissemination of information relating to archaeological research in the Severn Estuary. The Committee aims to provide an academic overview of the archaeology and palaeoenvironments of the Estuary.
- Shorewatch - The Shorewatch Project is aimed at helping amateur groups and members of local communities to monitor and record the eroding archaeology of Scotland's coast. There are Shorewatch groups all around the coast, and in addition to locating new sites and reporting on damage to existing ones (particularly after heavy storms), some groups are carrying out detailed survey work and excavation at threatened sites. The Shorewatch Project was awarded the 2004 Silver Trowel Award, presented for the greatest initiative in archaeology.
- Simonides - a non-profit organisation devoted to remembering the world's military heritage through providing research, restoration, preservation and archaeological support to any individual or organisation that demonstrates a need for it's services irregardless of race, religion or creed.
- Society for Archaeological Sciences - Provides a forum for communication among scholars applying methods from the physical sciences to archaeology and aids the broader archaeological community in assessing the potentials and problems of those methods. The S.A.S. promotes such communication through its distribution of various bulletins, journals and other publications. Also sponsors conferences and conference sessions that encourage data-sharing among archaeological scientists.
- Society for Church Archaeology
- Society for Historical Archaeology - Formed in 1967, the Society is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present), with its main focus on the era since the beginning of European exploration. The SHA promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology. It is specifically concerned with the identification, excavation, interpretation, and conservation of sites and materials on land and underwater. Geographically it emphasizes the New World, but also includes European exploration and settlement in Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Membership is open to all those who share an interest in history and anthropological interpretations as they emerge from archaeological research and the study of written records.
- Society for Interdisciplinary Studies - The SIS was formed in 1974 to consider the role global cosmic catastrophes may have played in our history, and even recorded by cultures worldwide in their oral and written ancient traditions.
- Society for Landscape Studies - Founded in 1979 with the aim of advancing public education by promoting the study of all aspects of the historic landscape. The Society fosters interest in research and fieldwork; publishes the findings of the Society and other material relevant to the understanding of landscape evolution, particularly through its journal 'Landscape History'; holds conferences, seminars and field meetings.
- Society for Medieval Archaeology - Exists to further study of British history since the Roman period by publishing a journal of international standing - Medieval Archaeology - and by other means, such as annual weekend conferences. The Society provides a medium for coordinating the work of archaeologists and historians within the Medieval period.
- Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies - Deals with the archaeology, art, literature and history of Italy and the Roman Empire down to about the year AD 700 - by publishing journals, forming a library, holding meetings, assisting the British School at Rome, and generally promoting the better knowledge, understanding and study of the Roman world.
- Society of Antiquaries of London - Founded in 1907, the Society is a charity that aims to encourage advancement and further knowledge of antiquities and history of this and other countries. It has important collections of documents and manuscripts, and possesses the finest archaeological library in Britain.
- Society of Antiquaries of Scotland - The Society was instituted in 1780 to study the antiquities of Scotland, particularly by means of archaeological research. Organises lectures, seminars, excursions, and a conference annually. Gives grant ad to various categories of archaeological work from excavation to archival research.
- Society of Archer Antiquaries - For all those working, researching and experimenting in archery of the past.
- Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain - The Society aims to encourage the study and enjoyment of architectural history. It provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and information, acting as a link between architectural historians both in this country and abroad. SAHGB produces the yearly journal 'Architecture' and a newsletter three times a year. Membership is open to all those interested in architecture, the built environment and its history and there are currently over 1100 members in the British Isles and abroad.
- Soil Analysis Support System for Archaeologists - This web site consists of a wiki based resource providing information and advice on the sampling and analysis of soils to answer archaeological questions, and an XML "field tool" providing support for archaeologists on the subject of soil description and interpretation.
- South Cadbury Environs Project - An extensive and ground-breaking archaeological landscape survey.
- South West Maritime History Society - Covering the four counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Encouraging interest in all aspects of maritime history and promote research in these fields, leading where possible to the publication of the results of such studies. Registered Charity number 289141.
- SPAB Mills Section - An autonomous section of SPAB devoted to saving historic mills. Protects hundreds of traditional mills from proposals to demolish or damage them each year; campaigns for their sympathetic repair; tries to return buildings and machinery to working order. Helps find new owners for mills at risk by issuing a list of old mills for sale and works to raise public awareness of the need to save and conserve the country's mills. Supports and encourages the work and survival of traditional millwrights and millers across the UK. The Section has its own membership, application form and young people's section. It organises National Mills Weekend yearly and arranges lectures, meetings and visits to mills. Produces 'Mill News four times a year. Liaises with independent groups of international and UK Molinologists.
- Staffordshire Industrial Archaeology Society
- Study Group for Roman Pottery - Formed in 1971 to further the study of pottery of the Roman period in Britain and open for membership to all individuals or institutions interested in the study of Roman Pottery. Provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research, and of issues affecting the subject and its practitioners. Annual conference and Regional meetings promote contact between specialists and the opportunity to handle pottery from different regions. Newsletter and journal produced.
- Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology - A guide to using computers, the internet and writing webpages aimed at the technophobic historian, classicist and archaeologist.
- Subterranea Britannica - Researches the archaeology of man-made and man-used underground spaces (bunkers, caves, mines, storage facilities, subways, tunnels, wells, etc). Also promotes the wider use of underground space and monitors problems of interfacing new and existing surface and subterranean developments. Organises conference and study weekends. Maintains library and bibliographic database.
Treasurer: Sue Monsell, 5 Railway Cottages, Old Staiton Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9HH
tel: 01420 0474502
- Suffolk Historic Building Group - Formed in 1993 to provide an opportunity for anyone with an interest in historic buildings, to develop and share their knowledge with like-minded individuals. The society has grown to a membership of approximately 500. Membership of the group is open to everyone, and includes professionals working within the built environment sector, both as professionals and academics, as well as owners of historic houses.
- Survey of the Jewish Built Heritage - Caring for the Jewish Community's historic architecture, synagogues, cemeteries and collections.
- Textile Society
- The Archaeology Channel - Part of the Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI), which is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt, research and education corporation registered in Oregon (USA) in 1999. Recognizing that the archaeological record is the legacy of all human beings and dedicated to bringing the benefits of archaeology to a wider constituency, ALI was founded to address a number of critical issues now facing archaeology and its potential beneficiaries.
- The Churches Conservation Trust - Aims to preserve, in the interests of the nation and the Church of England churches and parts of churches of historic and archaeological interest or architectural quality (in England) vested in the fund. Acquires, restores and maintains redundant churches for which no alternative use can be found.
- The Costume Society - Promotes the study of costume and its history, and helps in the preservation of significant examples of historical and contemporary dress. The Society also embraces study of the decorative arts allied to historical, as well as literary and pictorial sources of dress.
- The Georgian Group - Saves Georgian buildings, monuments, parks and gardens from destruction or disfigurement, and where necessary encourages their appropriate repair or restoration and the protection and improvement of their setting. Promotes public knowledge and appreciation of Georgian architecture and town planning, and of Georgian taste as in the decorative arts, design and craftsmanship. Works in close association with various organisations, notably the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings, Ancient Monuments Society, Victorian Society, Save Britain's Heritage, Civic Trust, Council for the Care of Churches and the National Trust. In constant touch with relevant Government departments and English Heritage. Co-operates with local civic and amenity societies. Runs substantial casework, education programmes and regularly produces publications.
- The History Channel - Website of the TV Channel which contains information and listings on many Archaeology and History orientated programmes.
- Thetford Forest Archaeology - The Thetford Forest Surface Collection Survey - an archaeological investigation carried out in Thetford Forest, East Anglia. Surface -collection, lithics, and studies of manure scatter patterns.
- Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society - Britain's national society responsible for the study and protection of tiles and architectural ceramics
- Treasure Trove in Scotland - The official website for Treasure Trove in Scotland.
- Twentieth Century Society - Originally founded in 1979, by a group of architects and conservationists, as 'The Thirties Society' with the concern that buildings of the era between the two World Wars were not appreciated and often threatened by neglect, demolition or radical redesign in the name of redevelopment. By the mid-1990s the Thirties Society was dealing with many post-war cases and so, as a result of ensuing confusion, the decision was eventually made to change the Society's name to the Twentieth Century Society. It now exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. Prime objectives are education (in professional and public circles) and conservation. Also, as a result, increased appreciation and the continued opportunity for extending our knowledge about those buildings or artefacts, whether important or humble, rare or commonplace. Produces a newsletter and various publications.
- UK Database of Historic Parks and Gardens - The database ontains outline information on places, their locations by local authority, persons associated and contact names and addresses of those bodies that may have further information.
- UK Institute for Conservation: Archaeology Section - A sub-division of the United Kingdom Institute of Conservation comprising of members from all across the country and in different areas of archaeology.
- Ulster Architectural Heritage Society - Exists to promote the awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of architecture of all periods, from the prehistoric to the present, in the nine counties of Ulster, and to encourage its preservation and conservation. Organises outings for members; holds lectures, conferences and seminars; publishes extensive and scholarly books; lobbies to save buildings and townscapes; comments on new developments; aims to act as an information network about buildings, architects and craftsmen. The Society comments on planning legislation, on area plans and on individual planning applications, and its views are often specifically sought by planning authorities and others concerned with development of legislation.
- UNESCO UK National Commission - The UK branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, founded in 1946 as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
- Unhenged - An online forum for archaeologists to communicate. Also has many random and fun things to do.
- University of Birmingham: Roman Roads Project - A detailed study of the Romans roads in and around the modern city of Birmingham. The project began in 1994.
- University of Hull: Centre for Wetland Archaeology
- University of Leicester: Osteological Laboratory
- University of Oxford: Institute of Archaeology
- University of Oxford: Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
- University of Oxford: Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
- Vernacular Architecture Group
- Victoria County History (Victoria History of the Counties of England) - The English local history series began in 1899 and was dedicated to Queen Victoria. The greatest publishing project in English local history.
Since 1899 the VCH has presented the authentic history of
English places and their people, written county by county
from original documents. Based at the Institute for historical Research.
- Victorian Society - Founded in 1958 by a group of 30 which included Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Sir John Betjeman. Despite its name it was always intended that it would cover the Edwardian period and the society thus embrces, with the agreement of the Twentieth Century Society , the period from 1837 until 1914. It has a wide range of activities and a programme of publications. In the summer of 1995 it was able to appoint its first Church Officer, Mandy Goodall, in a post partly funded by the Department of National Heritage. She now carries out the Society's ecclesiastical casework. The remainder of the casework is handled by the Architectural Adviser based in London, Dr Richard Holder, and the Northern Caseworker, Clare Hartwell, who is based in Manchester. The Society's Chairman is Dr Christopher Brooks and the Director is Dr Ian Dungavell.
- We Dig Vindolanda - An online forum community of volunteers, staff and friends of Vindolanda Roman fort, originally set up to help people stay in touch off-season but now expanded.
- Wealden Iron Research Group - The Wealden Iron Research Group (WIRG) was founded to focus and initiate research into the extinct iron industry of the Sussex, Kent and Surrey Weald, and aims to foster interest in this subject, to work with other groups and institutions having allied aims and, above all, to publish its researches.
- Welsh Mines Society/Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
- West Lothian Aerial Archaeology - A Scottish community and heritage website, about to expand out to the rest of the UK.
- Wetland Archaeology and Environments Research Centre - The core activities are divided into three main areas: research, teaching and commercial activities. The group operates as a regional, national and international centre of excellence for wetland research.
- White Company 1450-1485 - A re-enactment and historical society founded in 1983 to try and dispel some of the myths surrounding the period of English history known as 'The Wars of the Roses', primarily by attempting the realistic portrayal of the lives experienced by ordinary men and women
- Whitehall Farm Roman Villa and Landscape Project
- Worldwide History - A resource information website with a difference! The articles on the website are written by its vistors. Also includes a gallery section and downloadable PDFs of each article.
- Yesteryear - A new community of people who share an interest in and love of history, including family history and genealogy. Free site sign-up, or with Facebook/Google/Yahoo.
- York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship - An association of people in the historic city of York, England and its surrounding area who are actively engaged, or interested in the Conservation of its historic and artistic heritage, or the skills associated with conservation.
- Young Archaeologists' Club - The only national archaeological organisation designed specifically for the participation of children and young people.
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