Leicestershire Fieldworkers through its local groups has since 1976 has undertaken an programme of archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The Group has its own Newsletter The Fieldworker and provides training courses for members in fieldwalking techniques. Many groups also carry out small excavations and test pitting in their local area. The Fieldworkers are affiliated to the Council for British Archaeology, work closely with University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), and with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). The Fieldworkers help to set up and support local groups who wish to undertake fieldwork or projects to investigate their local area. The impetus comes from local groups and individuals, and the Fieldworkers will get involved as requested.
Membership fees are kept low and newsletters are sent out by email where possible although we recognise that not all members have the technology so we do send out a paper newsletter when requested. You do not need to be active in archaeology to be a member, many members wish to have news of what is happening but are unable to actively take part. All members are important to us to demonstrate the local interest in our archaeology and heritage in the county and to ensure that it is protected.
The Group also runs a secondhand bookstall at various archaeological and historical events held around the County and which is supported by Aucott and Thomas, secondhand & antiquarian booksellers of Ibstock. Donations of relevant books are also very welcome. Please contact us via this website.