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Further Support and Resources

Organisations and Groups

Operation Nightingale
Initiative for military veterans controlled by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It has been running since 2011 and has undertaken fieldwork in the UK and overseas, with hundreds of military personnel having worked on projects. Operation Nightingale has provided recovery opportunities to military veterans and the opportunity to do great deeds in archaeology

Breaking Ground Heritage
Breaking Ground Heritage was developed to work alongside Operation Nightingale to deliver positive outcomes for projects that utilise heritage and archaeology as a recovery pathway. Breaking Ground Heritage have partnered with several academic institutions around the UK to assist our beneficiaries who would like to explore University level education.

General Links and Resources

Breaking Ground Heritage Toolbox Resource: Considerations When Working With Vulnerable Groups In Heritage
This resource has been produced by BGH in order to freely pass on the knowledge that we have obtained working with vulnerable members of society on heritage based projects. This is by no means a complete guide on how to deliver a successful project, instead it is a supplementary document to aid with the planning of your own project. The approaches have been formally evaluated and published in the Antiquity Journal, Everill, P., Bennett, R., & Burnell, K. (2020). Dig in: An evaluation of the role of archaeological fieldwork for the improved wellbeing of military veterans. Antiquity, 94(373), 212-227.

Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship
If you’ve been injured in military service, you could be funded to complete a full Open University qualification. They offer 50 scholarships every year, and all undergraduate and postgraduate modules and qualifications are eligible. You’ll have your fees waived for a maximum of 120 credits per seasonal academic year, up to a maximum of 360 credits, which is equivalent to a full honours degree.

Disability Confident Scheme

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring. It is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. It has replaced the previous Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People scheme. (Official Information) (CBA Information – really useful)

NHS list of Mental Health support Charities 
Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these mental health charities, organisations and support groups can offer expert advice.

Explaining a disability when applying for jobs

Dis/Ability & Archaeology Resources

CIfA Equality and Diversity Resources

Archaeology and ME Chronic illness in the workplace

Guide for event organisers – in partnership with the CBA

Event Guides Council for British Archaeology (

The Inclusive Archaeology project

Theresa O’Mahony podcast on Enabled Archaeology

BAJR Guide to Enabled Archaeology by Theresa O’Mahony

Guide to online accessibility

Access to Archaeology

Academic Resource List CLICK HERE

External Resource List CLICK HERE

Experiencing Ear Trumpets in the Enlightenment

Section for Employers

An Employers guide to M.E

Employing people with disabilities. Good practice guidance for archaeologists