The Young Archaeologists’ Club

What is YAC?

The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is the only club for young people interested in archaeology. It is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, and supported in Scotland by Historic Environment Scotland and Archaeology Scotland.

YAC has a network of local clubs across the UK where 8–16 year olds can get their hands mucky doing real archaeology. Each club is run by a team of adults; either volunteers or paid staff at museums and other organisations. You can find the location of local clubs on the interactive map.

Clubs usually meet once a month for couple of hours, either on a Saturday or Sunday. Sometimes YAC clubs run whole-day events. YAC clubs do all sorts of archaeological activities, including visiting and investigating archaeological sites and historic places, trying out traditional crafts, taking part in excavations, and lots more.

How do I join my local YAC?

In Scotland there are YAC clubs in:

If you are interested in joining one of these YACs, you can find contact information and more details by visiting the Join a Club section of the YAC website.

Who runs the local clubs?

There are two types of YACs:

CBA-managed YACs are overseen by the Council of British Archaeology and are run by volunteers. The Council of British Archaeology supports these YACs with insurance, child protection, volunteer recruitment, and more.

Affiliated YACs are run in partnership with museums, heritage sites or other youth organisations. They often are run by a mixture of paid staff and volunteers.

How do I become a volunteer?

You don’t have to be an archaeologist to be a YAC volunteer! YAC volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. If you have a genuine passion for archaeology and are enthusiastic about working with young people, we’d love to hear from you.

You can find out more about volunteering with YAC here or email yac@yac-uk.org for more information.

If there are no YACs near where you live, perhaps you could start your own! The Council for British Archaeology provides all YACs with:

  • listing on the YAC website
  • use of the Council for British Archaeology and Young Archaeologists’ Club names, logo and marketing materials
  • a dedicated area of our website which includes guidance on running your YAC and more than 100 activity ideas
  • training and resources to inspire your YAC sessions
  • networking with other YAC clubs through our private Facebook group, eNewsletter and annual Leaders’ Weekend.

More information can be found in the Setting up a new YAC document.

For more information:

If you want to find out more about YAC and how you can get involved, either as member or as a volunteer, please visit our website

To contact the YAC team, email yac@yac-uk.org or phone 01904 671417.