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Public Engagement


Archaeological discovery is made accessible to the public through the many innovative ways in which we present our findings. The core of this is through our Attractions and Events Division, ‘The JORVIK Group’.

We reach out to people of all ages and interests, helping people to enjoy learning about their past. People learn and are entertained in different ways, so we provide active, interactive, experiential and discovery based learning opportunities.

You can read case studies of work we have carried out for both clients and our own attractions below:

Take a look below at the different ways we present our findings. Details on how to get in touch can be found at the bottom of the page.


Community Projects

Historical engagement has become an increasingly popular and diverse activity enjoyed by all ages and abilities.

Nationally renowned as one of the leading proponents of community archaeology, we help communities study their past in many interesting and exciting ways including interpreting landscapes, recording old buildings and finding lost settlements!

More information on our community projects →


Visitor Attractions

York Archaeological Trust has developed five attractions over 35 years including some of the best accredited visitor experiences in the UK.

We welcome over 500,000 visitors a year from all over the world including 40,000 school children. Income generated through admission fees and gift aid is re-invested into delivering our charitable aims.

More information on our visitor attractions →



Throughout the year York Archaeological Trust stages a programme of over 300 original and innovative events including walks, talks and re-enactments, at our attractions and at selected partner sites.

We also host the largest Viking festival in the UK every February, attracting 53,000 visitors to the city and bringing over £5m to the local economy.

View our events calendar →


Touring Exhibitions

Through development of our own brand of museum and attraction management, York Archaeological Trust has successfully developed themed exhibitions that are available for hire to public and private organisations.

Our exhibitions have a proven record of generating high levels of public attendance and PR value.

View our exhibitions available for hire →

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We create understanding and inspiration by providing unique access to heritage and archaeological discoveries for everyone’s enjoyment.

The JORVIK Group’s Common Purpose


all with the following common purposes:

  • To present, interpret and safeguard our heritage

  • To communicate archaeological discoveries

  • To engage new audiences and maintain current ones

  • To provide integrity and authenticity

  • To innovate

  • To entertain and educate

  • To communicate our brand and be the public face of York Archaeological Trust

  • To be financially viable and sustainable in the future


For More Information


Contact the JORVIK Group today for an informal chat about how we can assist you.



☎ +44(0)1904 543400

Normal office hours: Mon-Fri, 09:00 - 17:30