Get Involved

Learn more about how you can get involved with the York Archaeology Learning team. We offer placements for history, archaeology and education students.

Many of our volunteer and placement opportunities offer an exciting selection of ways to get involved in our educational work.

Our volunteer roles offer a range of flexible ways to support our educational work with families and schools. By volunteering with us you will gain new skills and experiences as well as sharing your love of archaeology, heritage and collections. 

For those seeking experience of education in a heritage setting we also offer placements. They have proven useful for those who are studying or who want to take their career in that particular direction.

Volunteer With Us

Many of our attraction based volunteer roles include engagement with visiting families, especially during our busy school holiday periods.

 If you have a passion for heritage and archaeology why not take a look at our DIG Tour Volunteer role. It is perfect if you want to support our work by engaging with schools and families. 

Placements and Work Experience

We offer work experience placements within our learning team. Based out of York they are ideal for those on teacher training courses or wanting experience of heritage education roles.

If you are a teacher seeking development and training opportunities you can view our professional development opportunities here

When spaces for placements are available they will be advertised here with information on how to apply to take part available under any roles open for application. 

If you would like to be notified when we have spaces available or when we advertise any new placement opportunities you can sign-up to our Volunteer and Placement Mailing list below.

Our placements are open to anyone aged 18 or above. If you are under 18 and seeking school work experience in York we are pleased to work with North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP) to offer an attractions based work experience placement through them. You can find out more about these by visiting our attractions placement page.

We regret we are currently unable to offer placements to those under 18 years of age outside of the attractions in York. 

Heritage Learning Placement

Our Heritage Learning Placement offers a focused period of experience with our learning team, shadowing the team, a range of workshops and school tours to gain experience of the design and delivery of our schools and family programme across our attractions. It also offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of delivery in a public facing interpretation and engagement role.

Teacher Development and Training Opportunities

INSET and CPD sessions are available termly as online 2-hour twilight sessions or you can book a place on one of our teachers’ taster days, held at our attractions in York twice a year.

Previous themes have included:  

All About Archaeology

This free course will equip teachers with lots of ideas for fun and practical history lessons inspired by the archaeology of Yorkshire, and demonstrate the cross-curricular opportunities arising for archaeology-themed topic work.

The Vikings of Jorvik

Get inspired to teach the Vikings in a hands-on, cross-curricular way, drawing inspiration from the world-famous archaeological collection held at JORVIK Viking Centre.

Exploring Roman York

Discover more about the remains of York’s fascinating archaeological remains as a case study for Roman settlement in Britain. Learn how to use real artefacts as inspiration for hands-on and creative activities in the classroom to enhance children’s learning.

Prehistory in Yorkshire

A beginner’s guide to the prehistoric past of the area, with inspiration for hands-on and creative activities to use in the classroom and advice on how to use artefacts with your pupils.

More information about our upcoming online and York-based sessions will be announced here when bookings open. Sign up to our Learning mailing list here  to be the first to hear about the latest CPD opportunities.