The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) was founded 41 years ago. It is the only UK-wide club for young people aged from 8 to 17 interested in archaeology. Run by the educational charity the Council for British Archaeology its prime objective it to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to get involved in history in a very hands on way, and to learn and enjoy our nation through the magic of archaeology and archaeological discovery.
Archaeology is a fascinating subject that helps to answer a great many questions about our ancestors- Where did people live? What did people eat? What did they believe? What clothes did they wear? What sort of tools did they use? What impact did they have on the environment around them? Were the occupants of a site Anglo-Saxon, Roman, Viking or more recent societies? Were they rich or were they poor?
YAC members have the chance to take part in real digs, learn archaeological techniques, explore historical monuments and museums, handle genuine artifacts and fossils, and even learn historic crafts such as spinning and weaving or flint knapping.
An excellent platform for the development of a love of history and heritage, clubs such as the YAC help to stimulate a deeper lever of the understanding of our past. Thus they provide children with broader knowledge of the subject that will enhance their historical studies at primary, secondary, GCSE and A’ level standard, and beyond.
The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is split into 70 clubs over the geographical regions that span the country. If you are interested in joining in the fun, expanding your knowledge, and helping to preserve the heritage of Britain, details of all the branches can be found here- http://www.yac-uk.org/branches/list
Most of the YAC clubs meet once a month, usually on a Saturday. Run by volunteers on a local level, the YAC is then presided over by Time Team’s Tony Robinson.
More details can be found at http://www.yac-uk.org/
Dr Kathryn Bates is a graduate of archaeology and history. She has excavated across the world as an archaeologist, and tutored medieval history at Leicester University. She joined the administrative team at Oxford Open Learning twelve years ago. Alongside her distance learning work, Dr Bates is a bestselling novelist, and an itinerant creative writing tutor for primary school children.