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Survey training The Community Heritage Officer teaching volunteers how to do plane table survey. Copyright Karen Griffiths YDNPA.

Volunteering in archaeology

There are a number opportunities to volunteer in archaeology with the YDNPA, both in practical field work activities such as excavations and surveys, as well as in our monitoring programmes, helping with the Dales Archaeology Day and assisting with data entry or other HER (Historic Environment Record) tasks. The following outlines our present volunteering roles:

Community Archaeology Projects: Usually involves practical archaeological fieldwork such as surveys, excavations and test pitting, as well as training opportunities.

Dales Archaeology Day: Each year a small number of volunteers help with running our annual day conference.

Field Barn Surveys: A new programme of volunteer surveys of field barns to assess their condition and record their characteristic features to enhance the HER. An occasional programme of training events on surveying field barns is available.

HER Volunteer: Depending on availability, volunteer help is sometimes needed with data entry and other HER tasks.

Monuments at Risk Survey (MARS): Our long running condition monitoring programme of scheduled monuments undertaken by volunteers.  MAR’s training days are available both to teach newcomers and to enhance the skills of our existing volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the above, please email us at and tell us what you are interesting in doing. You can also ask to be added to our historic environment mailing list, to hear about events and opportunities via email. For general information about volunteering in the Yorkshire Dales National Park see here.