YAC Branches are fab and there are around 70 of them all over the UK! Most meet once a month, usually on a Saturday, and they are a great way to learn more about archaeology in your area and make new friends.
YAC Branches are run by teams of volunteers who generously give up their free time to help young people find out more about their local heritage. For most YAC Branches you have to be 8 years old or over to attend sessions; some Branches ask that you are 9 or over.
YAC Branches cover a huge range of different activities. You might find yourself:
- Finding out how archaeologists excavate
- Trying your hand at historic crafts such as spinning and weaving or flint knapping
- Visiting archaeological or heritage sites
- Trying out food from different periods of time
- …and much more!
Each Branch will organise a programme of events in advance; you might even be lucky enough to be involved with a real excavation!
Please note that by joining YAC UK you do not get automatic access to a local Branch as there can be a limited number of places per Branch. Branches may also make their own charges to cover their costs.
If you would like to join your local YAC Branch you will need to contact the Branch directly so they can tell you what they get up to and whether they have any spaces. Visit the Branch List or Branch Map to find your nearest Branch and their contact details.
Over 17 and interested in being a YAC volunteer? Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, find out how to volunteer and join in the fun!