Aerial archaeology workshops and volunteering opportunity
As part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Water Mills and Marshes Landscape Partnership, Norfolk County Council’s Air Photo Interpretation Team are running a number of aerial archaeology workshops. These will focus on air photo and lidar interpretation in the Broads landscape. Each individual workshop is a standalone event, rather than part of a series.
The workshops will be online, are free, and last no more than 2 hours. No prior experience is necessary. They are aimed at recruiting and training volunteers for the ‘Aerial Perspectives’ strand of the Broads Hidden Heritage projects, but there is no obligation to continue as a volunteer.   More details on that project are below.
Places on a workshop can be booked using the following link:

Broads Hidden Heritage from an aerial perspective

Could you be an aerial archaeologist? Are you interested in discovering the hidden heritage of the Broads using aerial photographs and airborne laser scanning (lidar)? If so, you might be interested in volunteering for the Broads Hidden Heritage Aerial Perspectives project.

Aerial sources are vital for discovering unknown sites. They can reach parts of the Broads that might otherwise be inaccessible, but the images need to be interpreted. Volunteers will use aerial sources to investigate the Broads landscape and record features of interest.

Volunteering can be undertaken as an individual or as a group/family. No experience is necessary. Support will be provided by a trained aerial archaeologist, with opportunities to ask questions and share information via online catch-ups or email.

The Aerial Perspectives project has been designed to allow volunteers to undertake their research at home using basic computing software. Attendance at a short online workshop will provide training in interpretation and recording. The workshops are open to all and those taking part will not be obliged to subsequently volunteer for the project.

Those that do choose to continue as a volunteer will be provided with a selection of aerial sources for a 1km2area of the Broads and will use these to identify any interesting features. Feedback will be given on completed areas, and any significant discoveries will be added to the Historic Environment Record for Norfolkor Suffolk, the definitive record of each county’s archaeological sites and historic buildings.

Numbers at each of the induction workshops will be limited to ten participants, so please book early. If workshops are over-subscribed, we may be able to run additional sessions. If you are unable to book onto a workshop on a day or time that suits you, please let us know, and include your preferred day/time (weekday/weekend; morning/afternoon/evening) as this will help us to plan future sessions.