Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology


The public value of the historic environment is recognised in planning policy across the UK, professional bodies require their members to work in the public interest, funding bodies expect the public to benefit from publicly funded archaeological work. But how do the public benefit from our work? How can we plan consistently to deliver public benefit and to communicate that benefit effectively? Do we know how to evaluate the impact of our work in delivering public benefit? This course will develop the confidence of delegates to answer these questions and to design programmes of work that genuinely serve the public interest.

The course is aimed at all archaeologists/historic environment professionals responsible for commissioning, specifying and/or delivering programmes of work which aim to deliver public benefit.


Programme details


9.00 am               Registration and coffee/tea

9.30 am                Welcome

9.45 am                Understanding public benefit

  • What do we mean?
  • Why is it important?
  • How do we articulate it?
  • Can we measure it?               

11.00 am             Coffee/tea

11.30 am             Designing projects for public benefit:

  • Case study / group exercise                                                  

1.00 pm                Lunch

2.00 pm                Measuring and communicating public benefit

  • Case study / group exercise

3.15 pm                Coffee/tea

3.45 pm                Group exercise: Developing your own public benefit


4.30pm                 Final discussion and questions

4.45 pm                Course concludes



Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £222.00
Baguette £5.00
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £15.00


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking.

Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:



Dr Rob Lennox


assists in advising on the development and communication of CIfA policy and in carrying out the
Institute’s advocacy function, within and beyond the historic environment sector. He holds a PhD entitled
‘Heritage and politics in the public value era: An analysis of the historic environment sector, public, and state in England since 1997’ and is now a research associate at the University of York. Rob has particular interests in place-making, landscape, and the environment.

Taryn Nixon


is an independent heritage advisor and archaeologist. From 1997 to 2017 she was Chief Executive of MOLA
(Museum of London Archaeology), one of the UK’s leading heritage practices. Throughout her career Taryn
has been passionate about the power of heritage, story and engagement in resilient society, and she initiated and chaired the Southport Group, whose 2011 report on public benefit from planning-led archaeology continues to influence UK historic environment policy and practice today.

Ms Kate Geary

Course Director

Kate Geary is Head of Professional Development and Practice at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists with responsibility for strategic matters relating to professional standards and professional development. She has a particular interest in making archaeology accessible to a wide audience


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then plesae contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.