In 2023, Enabling Archaeology and the Enabled Archaeology Foundation explored the possibility of working together on an inclusive public outreach project. There were indications from heritage professionals that there was a need for simple, clear tools to help them to be more inclusive to disabled people. In response to this need we worked with an extensive network of partners to produce this set of cards. These cards are intended to support organisers of archaeological public outreach and education to be inclusive to disabled people. The cards are divided into clear themes, which allows users to select the information they need at a particular point in time. Each card contains a short insight that can be applied immediately. The resource has been realised under the supervision of Enabling Archeology and the Enabled Archaeology Foundation, with thanks to the Dutch Culture Desk.
Organisations and Groups
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.
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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.
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.
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign (Official Information)
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/job-and-voluntary-opportunities/citizens-advice-job-opportunities/disability-confident/disability-confident-guidance-for-applicants/ (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.
Dis/Ability & Archaeology Resources
CIfA Equality and Diversity Resources
Guide for event organisers – in partnership with the CBA
Theresa O’Mahony podcast on Enabled Archaeology
BAJR Guide to Enabled Archaeology by Theresa O’Mahony
Guide to online accessibility
External Resource List CLICK HERE
Section for Employers
An Employers guide to M.E
Employing people with disabilities. Good practice guidance for archaeologists