Spaces filling up for our 2017 Archaeology Field School


Student places for our field school this summer are filling up. Given that we have reduced our season to 5 weeks we expect that the numbers of students attending per week to be higher.

The BRP is dedicated to ensuring our excellent teaching standards remain unchanged. To continue to offer our high staff to student ratio we will therefore be placing limits on the number of student who can attend each week. Some weeks are already getting close to full capacity.

We encourage those who are interested in booking a place at the field school to submit their application as soon as possible.

Find the Application Form Here

It’s going to be an amazing summer! We are already counting down the days!

Student bookings now being taken for our 2017 Field School Excavation

Our 2017 student booking form is now available.

Our season will last 5 weeks from June 11- July 15th and will cost £300 per week.

This will include camping accommodation and access to modest cooking facilities. Unlike previous years, a tent will be provided for you upon your arrival. Be aware you will not be permitted to use your own tent.

You can find more information on our website. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

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If there is anyone interested in a staff position who has not yet applied, please do so ASAP.


Welcome to Bamburgh 2013!

The Bamburgh Research Project season 2013 has officially begun!


Blue sky over the windmill. Here’s hoping that there is more on the way!

Large scale cleaning has begun in Trench 1, and Graham D and Jess are hard at work getting the Trench opened up and ready to go.


Finds Supervisor Kirstie watches as cleaning takes place in T1

Our Kaims Krew are getting their gear together- The bell tent needs to go up and the tea paraphernalia need to be ready before work can begin. In the meantime, they are checking over the equipment and ensuring that everything is in working order.


Graeme Young brings everyone up to date on current archaeological best practice.

We’ll be working hard to keep you up to date with our season, so make sure you follow us on Twitter @brparchaeology, Facebook on our fan page and our new Instagram will show photos fresh from the trenches.

Introducing… JESSICA GARRATT!!!

Another installment in “Staff Profiles”, meeting your favorite BRP people.

Jessica Garratt

Responsibilities at the project: The best way to describe my job is to assist Alex, the Trench 1 supervisor, in running the trench and teaching students about archaeology. Assistant only to a certain degree. (I am not his personal tea lady).

T1 Assistant Supervisor Jess

How did you get involved with the project?

I first came to the project last season, as I was required to complete 10 weeks of fieldwork for one of my university degree courses. I heard about the project from fellow students and thought it would be great to get my mits on medieval archaeology as this area is not taught in depth at my university. It’s great to be learning about a different culture through remains.

What has your experience with the BRP been like?

I have gained fantastic experiences from BRP seasons (both from BRP’11 and BRP’12 so far). Last season, when I was a student, I found the tuition to be of a high level. I learned absolutely loads, from one-on-ones with supervisors to overcoming my blonde moments! This year, returning as an assistant supervisor, I am doing my best to teach students in the trench. Hopefully, I am teaching correctly. It would be nice to see them leave the BRP with new skills, knowledge, and good memories.I am learning a lot from the trench supervisor. In particular, I’m getting a more in-depth idea of a supervisor’s perspective of archaeology , and it’s fab to be seeing things from this new level.

Jess hard at work

Out of the trench and in my spare time, I get the chance to meet and chill with people from here, there, and everywhere. When not at work, I do everythingfromsitting around the mess tent and chatting, to mini adventures like battling the North sea at midnight, to climbing up the quarry or saving a seal puppy with Kirstie, the finds supervisor (long story). This season’s students and staff are a great laugh, and I am glad to be spending my summer with them.

Hopes for the rest of the season?

I hope the rest of the season is all smooth sailing, especially anything I am responsible for!

Smooth sailing! – Rainy day antics with Alex and Jess

Personally, I want to get to grips with my staff position and gain confidence in teaching students and sussing out the archaeology that’s coming up in Trench 1. It’s looking pretty complex at the moment, but it’s a great challenge. I would also like to get myself down to the Kaims at some point. I miss it and want to see what’s occurring!

Anything you would like to add?

If anything goes wrong, it wasn’t me.

Next up… Jeffrey Aldrich, Finds Assistant Supervisor

Join us at the BRP this Summer

Due to late cancellations there are now spaces for volunteers to sign up for excavation at Bamburgh Castle. The season is running until the 29th July 2012 and whether you are available for 1 week or the entire season everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us. Here are some statements from current students at the project:

‘Missing’ Dave – Hampshire.

“I couldn’t have been happier with my experience here. The atmosphere on the project is friendly and you’re made to feel welcome straight away by students and supervisors. The working day is the best possible environment to learn new skills. The supervision is direct and they’re always looking to help so you never feel scared about asking questions or letting them know what you think. The evenings are a perfect way to end the day whether it’s the quiz night or a trip to the pub you feel like you’re part of a family!”

Student of the week, Dave.

Eva – Brisbane, Australia

“I have really enjoyed my experience here. At the beginning of the season it was a fresh start for all the students; none of us knew each other and many of us are from other countries. We have all become good friends and are constantly comparing the differences between various things in our different countries. There have been many very amusing moments when an international like me has used the wrong term and made everyone laugh. I’ve learnt not to call trousers ‘pants’ or football ‘soccer’. BRP is a great learning atmosphere, I have learnt a lot about excavation, handling and sorting finds. The staff and directors all join in the fun of the evenings. Pub night and quiz nights are a great way to relax and get to know each other over a drink.”

Eva hard at work on our MASSIVE wall.

Bronwyn – Kaslo, Canada

“My experience with the Bamburgh Research Project is everything I expected and more. Coming from a small town from across the ocean, I have had no previous archaeological experience and in the short time I have spent with the BRP crew I have learnt a vast amount and continue to each day. Many of the students come from all over the world with varied educational backgrounds and a lot of the time we are learning from each other. With us all thrown together we have become a tight knit group that does everything together. From the moment I arrived on the campsite I was welcomed by the supervisors and directors of the project and very quickly everyone becomes close. Between the excavations during the day time, pub night, quiz night and trips into Seahouses there is never a dull moment. My favourite times here are when everyone is huddled close to keep warm or out of the rain, telling stories or just in general conversation at the campsite nestled in the English countryside with the Bamburgh Castle a beacon on the horizon.

Bromwyn and a scary scarecrow

Bamburgh Research Project is open to people aged 12 and over (under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and we welcome all experience levels, from newcomers to the subject through to professionals. We aim to accommodate special needs or requests where possible.

Children under 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.