Project Management in Archaeology: An Introduction

Course summary

Project Management in Archaeology: An Introduction


Project management has become a core function for those working at senior levels within the historic environment sector, but many historic environment professionals still progress into management roles with little or no formal management training. This course will focus on project management as a distinctive skill-set, and introduce techniques to help participants understand, plan for and manage some of the key challenges that typically affect projects in the sector. It is designed for those who are new to the project management role and will draw on the extensive experience of the tutors in development-led archaeology. While some familiarity with development-led archaeology will be beneficial, the course will be relevant to those taking on project management roles generally within the historic environment sector. The course does not cover Health and Safety management.


National Occupational Standards for Archeaology: this course contributes to the Knowledge Requirements for

AB1      Propose and plan a research project


AB2      Develop and agree objectives for projects


AB3      Propose and agree project methods


AC1      Research and analyse information to achieve objectives


AC2      Conduct non-intrusive investigations


AC4      Conduct intrusive investigations


AH3     Develop public relations strategies and monitoring arrangements


AH5     Select personnel for activities


AH6     Develop teams and individuals


AH7     Oversee project costs, quality and progress


AH9     Reduce risks to health and safety in the workplace

AH11   Manage the performance of teams and individuals


AH12   Deal with poor performance in your team


AJ1       Maintain compliance with archaeological requirements


AJ3       Develop your own resources and protect the interests of others



Programme details


9.00am            Registration and coffee/tea

9.30am            Welcome

                        What is project management?

                        -definition of a project

                        -the role of the project manager

                        -the key phases of project management

11.00am          Coffee/tea

11.30am          Stakeholders

                       -setting objectives

                        -requirements and methods

                        -resources and programming

1.00pm            Lunch

1.45pm            Managing risk and change

                        Evaluating success

3.00pm            Coffee/tea

3.30pm            Why do projects succeed or fail?


                        -post excavation

4.15pm            Final discussion and questions

4.30pm           Course concludes


Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House the night before the course.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.

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.


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £216.00
Baguette: £4.70
Hot Lunch: £13.50


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:


Mr Nick Shepherd

Course Director

Nick Shepherd is CEO of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and is also an independent heritage consultant. He was formerly a Director of CgMs Consulting and Head of Fieldwork and Regional Manager of Oxford Archaeology’s Oxford office. He holds post graduate qualifications in Law and Business Administration.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be expected to have a better understanding of the key issues that affect project performance and outcomes, and will be able to apply this new understanding to achieve improved design and delivery of projects in their own practice


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