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YAC Fundraising Walk: London - St Albans

14 July 2014

YAC Fundraising walk 2012 (Image courtesy of Charlotte Frearson)

Sarah Dhanjal, Joe Flatman and Carla Piper are walking 23 miles between the Roman amphitheatres in London and St Albans in Roman costume to raise money for YAC on 19 July.

Sarah Dhanjal is YAC@UCL Branch Leader and an Institute of Archaeology PhD student, Joe Flatman is a Council for British Archaeology (CBA) Trustee and also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute while Carla Piper is a YAC Volunteer and Institute alumna.

YAC@UCL was set up a part of the Heritage Lottery Funded-project Camden Young Archaeologists, run by Camden Council with support from UCL and the Institute of Archaeology in particular.  The branch is one of around 70 in the UK, all supported by YAC at the CBA secretariat in York, for whom this walk is raising money.

Branches like YAC@UCL provide YAC members with the chance to work with real archaeological objects and try their hands at experimental activities, including flint knapping and working with textiles. Visits to museums and sites are also organised and YAC@UCL members recently visited the Museum of London and the UCL community excavation at Harrow Headstone Manor.

YAC branches provide young people with a sustained engagement with archaeology.  YAC@UCL members come from all over London and from a wide range of backgrounds. As archaeology is not an explicit part of the National Curriculum, extra-curricular activities like YAC are the main way in which such young people can follow up their interest.

Find out more

  • You can find out more about YAC, branch activities and volunteering your time to get young people involved in archaeology at the YAC website.
  • You can show your support by donating on the YAC Just Giving webpage.

The Institute's involvement with YAC@UCL is part of its ongoing commitment to public engagement and outreach activities and its remit to provide archaeological opportunities of the highest quality to all, regardless of background.