Outreach and Education


Canterbury Archaeological Trust is committed to sharing our enthusiasm for archaeology and heritage. Our primary charitable aim is to 'promote the advancement of public education in the subject of archaeology' and with a dedicated Outreach team, we work to achieve this aim through a variety of resources, projects, and by providing opportunities for people to get actively involved in archaeology.

Archaeology Course all about pottery

CAT offer a series of short courses in archaeology. These courses provide an introduction to a variety of archaeological skills and are held in our offices in Canterbury. 

Covid-19 disclaimer: unfortunately the courses have been postponed until further notice. 

The Trust has a strong track record of delivering innovative community engagement projects, often in partnership with other heritage organisations, universities and voluntary groups. 


Details of our community projects and partnerships can be found here.

East Wear Bay
FCAT volunteer sorting an environmental sample

A range of volunteering opportunities are usually available to help with our post-excavation and archives work, including with our extensive collections of finds. Current fieldwork opportunities can be found here.

If you would like to volunteer with the Trust please contact us. No previous experience is necessary as full instruction will be given. 

The Trust has an active Friends organisation, founded in 1984 with the principal aim of supporting our work. By becoming a Friend, you will enjoy a number of benefits including a yearly annual review of the Trust’s work, three newsletters a year, the opportunity to attend public talks, and occasional visits to excavations and other places of interest.

FCAT: Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust
Contents of a CAT BOX loan

We provide a range of learning opportunities in the form of an extensive range of teaching and learning resources, including our CAT Kit and CAT Box loans, and online resources to download

We can offer a range of in-person sessions and virtual sessions via Zoom. Further details and pricing can be found here.

We offer a limited number of work experience places throughout the year. As a small company we are unable to accept every application for work experience, but we do our best to accommodate requests. Work experience is typically held in our offices working on post-excavation tasks, unless the dates coincide with our community fieldwork projects in which case we will host the placement on site. 

Information on careers fairs and careers advice can be found here.

Work experience
Ian Coulson Bursary

The Ian Coulson Bursary is a grant available to teachers in Kent to support teaching. Teachers in Kent schools are invited to apply for the bursary to develop classroom resources based on Kent’s local history and/or archaeology. It is open to teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

One bursary, worth up to £1000, will be available each academic year for which any Kent school can apply.