Who we are


York Archaeological Trust (YAT) is a self-funded educational charity and a leading professional archaeological organisation with offices in York, Glasgow, Sheffield and Nottingham. Founded in 1972, we have a reputation for delivering high quality investigation, research and public engagement for a broad range of clients and partners.

We engage with over 1.2 million people across the world each year through our attractions, events, projects, educational programmes, touring exhibitions, outreach activities and digital presence.

We also run five city-centre attractions in York including the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre, and host one of the largest Viking Festivals in Europe.


Headline Indicators


£500 million to York’s Economy

In economic terms, JORVIK Viking Centre has contributed more than half-a-billion pounds to York's economy since it opened its doors in 1984. The Coppergate excavations on which JORVIK is based remain one of the greatest archaeological success stories in the UK.


300 Volunteers

We provide a hub for volunteers, with 300 people contributing approximately 6,000 hours each year. This helps us to achieve our goals, while providing an opportunity to deliver the increasingly recognised benefits volunteering provides.


58,636 School Visits

Each year nearly 60,000 schoolchildren come to our attractions, events and activities, extending our impact to the next generation. We also provide in-school learning through face-to-face and virtual outreach sessions.


An Annual Festival worth £5 million

Our JORVIK Viking Festival, held annually every February, puts more than £5 million into York's local economy, kick-starting the tourism year and bringing thousands of people into the city centre from across the world.


Our Vision for 2022

“We will be recognised internationally as a lead organisation that enables communities to realise their social, economic and environmental value of heritage.”


Our Core Values


Our strategy is built on our core values - the things that are fundamentally important to us and affect the way we work and the things we want to achieve.

We are committed to:

  • making a difference in people’s lives through open access to the past;

  • working seamlessly from archaeological investigation through to compelling public attractions and events, creating authentic, interactive, exciting opportunities for engagement and enjoyment;

  • being an open, collaborative, educational charity;

  • illuminating the past’s importance, advancing knowledge and protecting archaeology and heritage;

  • delivering excellence and value to our clients, visitors and colleagues;

  • being an exemplary employer; and

  • working sustainable and reducing our environmental impact. 


 Our Story


York Archaeological Trust was set up to help preserve the vast collection of archaeological deposits that document 2,000 years of York’s history in response to threats posed to the City’s archaeological heritage.

Since 1972 we have successfully delivered over 370 excavations, conducted over 1500 watching briefs, created 5 visitor attractions and developed a touring exhibition programme. Take a look at some of our highlights below:


Meet the Team

York Archaeological Trust recruits over 200 staff across its regional offices and York visitor attractions.

Meet the Team


Board of Trustees

York Archaeological Trust has a Board of Trustees that oversees the strategic operations of the Trust.

Meet the Board

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For More Information


Contact us today for an informal chat about how we can assist you.


✉ enquiries@yorkat.co.uk

☎ +44(0)1904 663000

Normal office hours: Mon-Fri, 09:00 - 17:00