What is the Young Archaeologists’ Club?
The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is the only UK-wide club where 8-16 year olds can participate in real archaeology and discover why it matters. If you want to become a professional archaeologist in the future or just feel like taking up an amazing new hobby, YAC is the right place for you!
Our YAC members take part in all sorts of fantastic, hands-on activities, such as excavation, working with artefacts, visiting historical sites and undertaking experimental archaeology. We explore all eras of human history, such as the Romans, Vikings, Ancient Egyptians and Victorians.
If you have an artistic streak, we also run lots of craft-based activities based on archaeological periods and technology. You can mummify your own orange, excavate an archaeological poo or bake some Viking bread! Why not have a go at some of the activities at home by visiting our ‘Things to Do’ page?
You can read all about the fantastic activities, competitions and projects we are involved in by visiting the ‘What’s New’ page.
As a YAC member, you will also have access to the YAC Pass, which gives you free or discounted entry to hundreds of heritage sites across the UK, including those run by English Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland and Cadw. You can find the full list of sites by visiting our 'Places to go' page.
Join a Club
We have over 70 clubs throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, run by over 500 dedicated volunteers. The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) supports the volunteers to deliver over 10,000 archaeology and heritage-based activity places each year.
If you are interested in joining the YAC, you can find out all about the clubs in your area by visiting our ‘Join a Club’ page.
If you would like to ask us a question about joining the YAC, please get in touch. If you have any questions about archaeology why not send them to our resident archaeologist by visiting our ‘Ask an Archaeologist’ page.