Archaeology fieldwork projects provide an opportunity for people to experience many different activities, enabling the  development of skills that are transferable to many roles and industries within the world of work.  Additionally, projects allow people to socialise amongst a like-minded but diverse community of people in a safe environment where, unlike many outdoors activities, instrumental roles exist for people of all ages, experience and abilities.

Soldier On! works with universities, regional archaeology/heritage groups, landowners and technical experts to secure opportunities that allow people to work through a personal development programme that is integrated into archaeology activities. 

Our aim is to help participants to have fun, make friends, learn more about their community’s heritage, acquire new skills and develop existing ones, increase self-confidence and to use these projects as a springboard to being able to return home with more direction and take the first small steps towards independent and happier futures. 

You are invited to apply for a place on our next project which is taking place between the 8th to the 20th of April in South Yorkshire.  Spaces are limited and priority will be given to individuals who could gain the most benefit from our charitable aims.  

THE PROJECT: The archaeological aim of the project is to carry out surveys and excavations within the area of a large and expansive privately-owned site, which is believed to hold the remains of a Medieval Priory.  We will be digging two 10’ x 10’ trenches and exploring what lies beneath the ground as we establish the plan and dating for the site.  What we uncover will be recorded and catalogued and will inform the statute bodies and landowner how best to protect and manage this site of historic importance.  Running alongside the archaeology activities you will participate in professional development activities aimed at helping you to find out more about who you are, including, your strengths, weaknesses, goals and purpose in life, to find your inner motivation, and to gain more direction and focus when you return home at the end of the project.  

ACTIVITIES: Digging, surveying, trowelling, recording, measuring, drawing, washing, cataloguing and protecting finds, photographing, videoing, updating social media, showing visitors around the site and presenting our finds.  We encourage participants to try out different aspects of the dig and to ask if there is something specific you wish to do.  

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: We always collaborate with local community groups to ensure we contribute to enhancing community cohesion, knowledge of local history and support social mobility and well-being activities.  For this project, we will be working with The Ashworth Barracks Museum, based in Doncaster and a local Church.

ACADEMIC PARTNERS: University staff and students, archaeology, heritage and technical professionals will be invited to attend to support the project.

OPEN DAY: We combine personal development and heritage activities towards the end of the project by planning and delivering an ‘Open Day’.  Visitors will be invited to come and see what we are doing and what we have found, and this day will be managed by participants.  Again, this gives job-seekers an opportunity to develop skills that are needed in the workplace and to use this project to demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers. 

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: You do not need to have had any previous archaeological experience.  Indeed, one of our guiding principles is to deliver inclusive community projects, where complete novices to archaeology are made extremely welcome.  We always invite experienced students to join us, who do have archaeological experience and expertise, and in return for being given an opportunity to participate in our personal development programme, they take on roles as student supervisors.  

At the hear of all that we do is a desire to help people who may feel that life has little meaning, are perhaps ‘stuck in a rut’, or who feel powerless to make positive changes happen to improve their current situation to one where they feel more confident and in command of their own futures.   You may be unemployed, returning to work following an illness or injury, have experienced some form of physical or mental trauma, or are disadvantaged, socially-isolated or vulnerable for whatever reason.   For this reason, all we ask is that you must engage in all of the personal development activities such as learning new skills through the medium of archaeology and our own personal development programme. 

ACCOMODATION:  Indoor accommodation is available . Alternatively, you can attend as a day participant. The sleeping accommodation is single sex rooms that sleep 15.  Participants will need to bring a camp bed or air bed and sleeping bag/bedding.  The rooms have electricity and there are single sex and disabled toilets.  Showers are at a nearby council sports centre. 

Two catering options are available:

  1. Self-Catering, personal to bring personal cooking stove however, we will have some cookers available if required
  • Catered: full board will be provided for the duration for a cost of £6/day, this will also include provision for all dietary requirements.   

TRANSPORT: The site is close to main roads (M1 and A1) and the nearest railway station to the accommodation is Doncaster.  The site is 8 miles away but participants without cars will be able to get a seat in a car traveling to the site.  You will need to contact diarmaid@soldieron.org.uk to arrange this.

SOCIAL EVENTS: We try to arrange trips to local places of interest, you are not obliged to come to any of these, but previously these have included museums and sporting events.   We also try to have some form of entertainment on most evenings that include talks and quizzes etc.  

COSTS:

Catering – £6 per day (if applicable)

Attendance – £20 per person.  Please be aware of our bursary scheme should you not be able to afford this. 

External visits will have an additional cost which we will notify you of in advance of the project starting.  Please note these trips are not compulsory .

To apply for a place on this project, please email diarmaid@soldieron.org.uk and request an application form, thank you.