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Young adults

Dissecting the dirt: Advanced young archaeology course

Are you aged between 16-25 and looking to develop transferable skills for the future? Get hands on experience in this brand new series of workshops for young people while discovering more about archaeology, history and geography!

Gain valuable transferable skills including project management and leadership by planning and supporting our Young Archaeologists Club, then get in-depth archaeological training from our community archaeologist, Alexis. These full day sessions will be fun and active opportunities to gain valuable skills for the future!

If you have a keen interest in archaeology, history, geography or geology, and are looking to develop professional transferable skills, this course is perfect for you.

You’ll start by helping with our Young Archaeologists’ Club and later in the term you will plan and facilitate sessions for them. In the afternoon you will get in-depth, practical archaeological training – the skills you’ll learn are useful in the field, but also in many different career paths. The sessions will be informative, interesting and will give you a chance to get creative!

Sessions are from 10.15 – 15.15 with an hour for lunch.

Term dates

Autumn term:

19 September: community archaeology

17 October: the archaeological record

21 November: interpreting a building (site visit to King’s Cross)

Spring term:

16 January: stratigraphic analysis

6 Feb: facilitating fun: engaging learning experiences

20 March: spot dating and phasing

24 April: environmental archaeology

Summer term:

15 May: Finds processing: What happens after excavation? How is an archive processed and organised?

19 June: Post excavation: The first steps in the post excavation process. How are reports and publications produced?

17 July: YAC presentation: Time to take the lead in public archaeology!

For more information and to book tickets, visit the event page.

The course costs £30 per term which includes all materials.

Free spaces available for young people from Brent, Barnet, Ealing or Hammersmith and Fulham. Contact education@fulhampalace.org for more information.

YAC (Young Archaeologists’ Club)

Are you aged between 8 and 16? Want to get hands-on with the past? Then join our Young Archaeologists’ Club, YAC for short!


three girls help with an archaeology dig

We’ve teamed up with the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), an educational charity, to open west London’s first YAC. The Club gives you a chance to get your hands dirty doing real archaeology — you’ll handle historical artefacts, meet archaeologists and try your hand at traditional crafts. All while gaining skills and making friends!

Each session has a different theme. Past activities involved:

  • taking part in a real archaeological dig at Fulham Palace
  • cleaning and cataloguing objects
  • making medieval medicines
  • investigating historical poo

The Club meets on Saturday mornings from 10.30 to 12.15. See below for upcoming sessions and book your place.

Term dates

Spring term:

20 March: Secret letters and scrolls

24 April: Facial reconstruction

Summer term:

15 May: Foreshore walk

19 June: Finds processing and identification

17 July: Mystery! This session will be led by our Dissecting the Dirt students.

If you’re over 16 you can join the Club as a peer mentor, helping the activities and supporting the workshop leader!

For more information visit our YAC webpage here!

You can get in touch with our learning team on education@fulhampalace.org or
+44 (0)20 7751 2432.