Every year the Council for British Archaeology encourages people, young and old alike who love history, to explore their local area and get hands-on experience through a series of events held across the country. This year the Festival of Archaeology 2014 runs from Saturday, 12 to Sunday, 27 July. More here.

See also moss’ comment above on Kitty Knowles’ article in The Independent: Britain must dig deeper to save its archaeology.