Volunteering with Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

We regularly work with volunteers, of all ages, placing great value on the contribution they make to the Trust's on-going work. Volunteering with us can provide valuable experience for those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology.

A number of long term volunteers attend our Bangor offices on a weekly basis, performing on-going roles. These roles include examining LiDAR imagery, helping us with our work maintaining the Historic Environment Record (HER) for north-west Wales, scanning and recording images and assisting with translation work.

From time-to-time such longer-term office-based roles do become available with us, and we welcome new volunteers. Some of our long-term volunteers also regularly assist with field work. We also have a wider pool of volunteers who, during the summer months, participate in our community projects. Information on volunteering opportunities is distributed via our mailing lists, social media pages, website and the press. If you would like to be kept informed of volunteering opportunities with us, complete this form and return it to

The Trust also enjoys an excellent working relationship with Bangor University; every year several students undertake work placements with us. Volunteers working with us are invited to our annual volunteer Christmas Party.

Examples of Projects Involving Volunteers

Accessioning Arch Camb

In 2020, GAT needed to refocus the volunteer programme in order to continue to engage with people during the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff prepared a new entirely digital project which asked for volunteers to help us enhance the regional Historic Environment Record (HER) from home.

The project, entitled Accessioning Arch Camb , assigned volumes of Archaeologia Cambrensis , the journal of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, available via the National Library of Wales and the Archaeology Data Service, to willing volunteers. Each volunteer was asked to carefully read through a particular volume, and identify new information to add to existing HER records, or create new records, in accordance with detailed guidance created by staff for the project.

Volunteering opportunities were offered to our mailing lists and publicised via our social media channels and website. We were overwhelmed by the response. In total, 37 volunteers have participated in the project so far, using the entire 172 volumes to update more than 1300 existing records and create over 35 new records. In total our volunteers have contributed almost 1000 hours to the Trust's work programme! We are hugely grateful to all those who are participating in the project and to the project partners. We hope to create other digital volunteering projects in the future.


Dinas Dinlle Prehistoric Coastal Hillfort

Over 40 volunteers took part in our Dinas Dinlle community excavation, which formed part of the EU funded CHERISH project, which studies the impact of climate change on coastal heritage.

The site, some of which has been eroded, is situated on National Trust owned land and is both a scheduled monument and SSSI. Volunteers helped us uncover the remains of a large prehistoric roundhouse in the hillfort itself, as well as assisting with the investigation of features to the south of the site.

Those participating included members of the local community, regular GAT volunteers, university students and members of the wider public. 400 members of the public attended our open day, we also organised a Young Archaeologists' Club session as part of the project.


Pen y Bryn Quarry Barracks, Dyffryn Nantlle

Volunteers assisted with the Cadw funded excavation, vegetation clearance and recording work at Pen y Bryn Quarry Barracks, Dyffryn Nantlle, part of a nominated World Heritage Site. The site comprises of a block of four barracks converted from a seventeenth-century building during the 1860s, along with other associated features.

The project helped provide a clearer understanding of the phasing and development of the barracks. Excavations evidenced activities carried out here and shed light on the material culture of the quarrymen and their families.

Volunteering opportunities were offered to members of the local community, Trust volunteers and students from Bangor University and beyond. Local primary schools also participated in the project, and, during a public open day, (which was also part of the Festival of Archaeology) visitors were given guided tours of the site and wider quarrying landscape.

Members of the Heritage Lottery funded Dyffryn Nantlle Unloved Heritage? group (run by Gwynedd Archaeological Trust) also took part in the project.


Finds Washing and Cataloguing

Pictured above are two of our regular volunteers assisting with the washing and cataloguing of finds at our offices in Bangor. The finds were from various projects - Pen y Bryn Quarry Barracks (Dyffryn Nantlle), the Former Site of Ysgol Pendalar (next to Segontium Roman Fort, Caernerfon) and our Llanfairfechan Neolithic Axes project (the latter working in conjunction with the Carneddau Landscape Partnership).

Volunteers work with us for a variety of reasons – from wishing to gain archaeological experience in order to improve employment prospects, to wanting to ‘give something back' to society, in this case through enriching the Trust's work.

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