Activities – 2019

Here are some opportunities for activities in the local area.

Excavations at Auckland Castle in 2019 will run between 10-28 June, a collaboration  between Durham University and The Auckland Project.  Family events planned also. Places available for volunteers, but please contact before arrival for insurance reasons.

DigVentures is a social enterprise which runs excavations and training events. Some events are charged-for, but an excavation at Roman Sedgefield is free, made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Durham County Council’s Archaeology Section, ‘Discover Brightwater‘, and Durham Wildlife Trust.

Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group run excavations including 10 July 2019 to 24 July 2019: Romano-British site at The Hagg, Swaledale. Only a few places left! Equipment & training are provided. Details contact

Tees Archaeology runs various events / walks – link

Altogether Archaeology’s programme including fieldwork can be viewed here

Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (Arch and Arch) hosts talks and runs eventslink

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society summer programme of talks – link

Hidden Valleys Community Project (HVCP) has a full programme of excavations (Ingleby Arncliffe, Easby and Percy Rigg), topographical & geophysical survey training (Kildale), pottery matching (Dorman Museum). Equipment provided & no experience necessary. Information: ring 01642 633402 or email

Northallerton and District Local History Society. All talks at 7.00pm, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, Thirsk Road, Northallerton. Fee to non-members £3.00. Further details from Mike Sanders tel 01609 774662, email

CBA North issues a newsletter with details of talks and events across the region. You can sign up to receive, and send notification of events you would like to publicise, here

Enjoy Redcar-Cleveland have an events listing including items of archaeological and heritage interest link

Online courses on Future Learn. These courses are free, but there is a charge if you want the optional certificate of completion.

Scottish Soldiers (aka Battle of Dunbar). Taught by Prof Chris Gerrard of Durham University.  link

Exploring Stone Age Archaeology: The Mysteries of Star Carr. Taught by Prof Nicky Milner of York University.  link

Please note: events include those run by other local organisations. TAS is not responsible for these externally-run activities and can’t guarantee that the information given here is correct.  Please contact the relevant organisation if you are interested in any of these events since dates and timings may change.