Suffolk Archaeology, as a Community Interest Company, is committed to promoting the knowledge and understanding of heritage and archaeology of Suffolk to its inhabitants, and creating or supporting opportunities for the public to be directly involved in archaeological projects…

Children excavating a test pit during a community project at Hoxne, Suffolk

With our long history as the main archaeological contractor in Suffolk, a dedicated team of local staff and close links to a variety of local heritage organisations, we believe that we should be your first choice when it comes to exploring or learning about your local heritage.

Our outreach activities can take many forms and include our program of school visits and education resources, our partnership with the Hands on Heritage centre at Tunstall, community fieldwork projects, provision of subsidised or commercial services to local individuals, groups or societies, volunteering opportunities and, whenever possible, a range of open days, talks and events.

Please contact us to find out what we have to offer or how we can help you in your own project.

Volunteering and Work Experience

Interested in archaeology as a career? Wherever possible we try to accommodate requests from individuals who would like to gain some hands-on practical experience by working on one of our commercial projects, either in the field or in post-excavation work.


Iron Age (?) bone whistle from Coddenham, Suffolk

Volunteering on a one of our digs can be a great way to learn about archaeology as a profession, or about the history of a site. Many of our volunteers are often students or those considering an archaeological career – many past volunteers have gone on to, or still do, work for Suffolk Archaeology - but also include people who are interested in archaeology as a hobby or in a site in their local area, or those who want some experience and training that they can take and use on their own projects.

The use of volunteers on a site is never used as a way to complete a commercial project quickly or cheaply. Instead by accepting you as a volunteer we are making a commitment to spend time on explaining the job to you and providing training in the techniques of archaeological investigation. However at times we do advertise trainee positions where we take on new employees in training roles for those with no prior commercial or fieldwork experience.

If you would like to gain some archaeological fieldwork experience please contact us to register an interest or see if we have any opportunities available. However please be aware that, as the majority of our work is on commercial projects, in many cases the opportunity for volunteering is limited by factors such as time constraints, health and safety issues, or simply a lack of good interesting archaeology!

Another chance to get involved in practical archaeology is by becoming a volunteer at the Hands on Heritage experimental archaeology centre. Follow the link above to find out more...

Work Experience

Work experience students on a site visit

As part of our commitment to public engagement we offer some limited places to students on work experience to give them an insight into the commercial archaeology sector. During their stay with us they will have the opportunity to try out various tasks and learn more about the complex stages of a commercial project. The work placement is a great introduction to the diverse disciplines required to complete an archaeological project to professional standards.

Please contact our Outreach Officer Alex Fisher for an informal discussion on volunteering opportunities or future work experience placements.