Sites & monuments

With over 73,000 archaeological sites, ours is the largest privately-owned collection in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Hambledon Hill joins our hillfort family

The hillfort’s Iron Age earthworks are well preserved and clearly visible

The hillfort’s Iron Age earthworks are well preserved and clearly visible

A huge Iron Age hillfort, with a history dating back even further to the Neolithic era has come into our care. Hambledon Hill in Dorset is one of the finest examples of these historical places, with views stretching across three counties.

Ways to get involved

  • Volunteering

    We offer opportunities to join our teams at our sites and monuments in a variety of roles.

  • Working holidays

    Enjoy a break with like-minded individuals - and get closer to our historic sites.

  • Work experience

    Gain valuable experience working alongside us in a range of roles, including archaeology.

What is archaeology?

An archaeologist's role goes beyond excavations - find out about the methods we use to learn about those who came before us, and how we look after our monuments and sites.

Historic landscapes

Archaeology isn't just about digging up dinosaur bones or uncovering Roman mosaics. Our landscapes hold many clues to how our predecessors lived.

Events

We have a busy programme of historical events, which give you a deeper insight into our places - including guided walks with our experts and hands-on opportunities to try archaeology.

Highlighted projects

  • Formby Footprints

    We’ve always known that Formby is a site of major archaeological and historical importance. But erosion of the sand here has revealed some exciting discoveries, including footprints that date back to the late Neolithic era (7,000 years ago).

  • Coleshill Auxiliars

    Coleshill was an important military hub during WWII and our team of experts are building a new secret bunker on the Estate, using original guidance from the 1936 edition of the Royal Engineer handbook of construction.

  • The Chantry Chapel

    This 15th-century chapel was restored by Gilbert Scott in 1875 and is now open to the public as as a second-hand bookshop. As the oldest building in Buckingham, when we decided to make some internal alterations, we needed to carry out a detailed archaeological survey first.