Ukraine We are all aware of the devastating war in Ukraine and the destruction and the impacts on people’s lives, a part of which is reflected in the Letters pages of this magazine. As a small charity promoting archaeology in the uk, the Council for British Archaeology (cba) is not in a position to take an active role in proffering advice, or campaigning about the war or its effects on heritage. However, as director of the cba I say we fully support the people of Ukraine and those organisations who have a direct role in helping them. Their suffering is at the forefront of all our thoughts.

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Right: Launching the 2021 Festival of Archaeology at the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester

Opposite: A stall on the final day of the 2021 festival

ceremony at Segedunum Roman fort, Wallsend, North Tyneside – we are delighted to be partnering with Hadrian’s Wall 1900 to help celebrate the Roman wall’s 1900th anniversary. In the middle of the festival we have a youth-focused weekend at Bradford Industrial Museum. And the closing weekend of activities will be delivered in partnership with the National Trust at Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Peninsula in Dorset.

the director and workshops. You can find out what is going on and keep in touch with the planning by heading over to the festival website at www. archaeologyuk.org/festival.html. Journeys This year's theme is Journeys. Getting from a to b, one step in front of the other, road to nowhere, life in the fast lane, life journeys, career paths, holidays and pilgrimages: our cultural language is littered with references to the journeys we make in our lifetimes. From the processes we apply to archaeological finds to transform their meaning, to the evidence of former transport systems, the theme of journeys resonates through archaeology. Journeys happen at every scale, through space, time and personal experience. Journeys include daily commutes, trade routes and migrations. Journeys cross land and sea or take place within yourself as a personal voyage. Journeys of and within

There will also be a range of online events, lectures and activities for you to take part in, and our very special takeover days: A Day In Archaeology and #AskAnArchaeologist Day. Alongside these cba-led activities we will see an incredible range of material delivered by groups and organisations across the archaeology sector, including family fun days, re-enactments, hands-on crafts, skills training including opportunities to participate in archaeological fieldwork, guided walks, lectures

Festival of Archaeology The Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology is back, and hopefully with your help it will be even bigger and better than last year. In 2021, the festival’s 30th edition, there were 1,229 opportunities to get involved and participate in archaeology across the uk. The #FestivalofArchaeology hashtag gained a staggering 61 million impres- sions, with 16.9m unique impressions (people using the #). Overall, the Festival had an estimated digital reach of nearly 71 million.

Following on from what we learnt in 2020 when we hosted a digital-only festival, last year we moved to a hybrid model incorporating both digital and in-person events. These included self-led activities and a range of ondemand events available throughout the year via a new resources area on the festival website. We were delighted to see community groups return to the festival. Our evaluation showed around 400 volunteers contributed over 4,700 hours, and 94 new activities were added to the festival’s resource library creating a total of 213 on-demand activities.

This year we are similarly planning a hybrid festival, and have a new website to showcase this incredible celebration of archaeology. cba-led events will include the launch and Marsh Community Archaeology Awards

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