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Geospatial imaging using a laser scanner at Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire © Historic England DP218481

Specialist Work-Based Placements

We support a number of Specialist Work-Based Placements, offering paid, structured, work-based training opportunities in specialised fields. Here you can find out more about the aim of these placements as well as the opportunities available.

Work based placement students in conservation laboratory
Specialist work based placement students learn about conservation methods conservation with Archaeological Conservator Angela Middleton. © Historic England


The aim of these placements is to produce historic environment practitioners with experience and developed skills in areas where there are perceived gaps in the sector. You will be placed for a limited period, typically for one year, as working staff in real working environments, either with us or in other heritage sector organisations.

You will be able to learn the skills necessary for specific posts or job roles, and also receive targeted support in career development.

This might entail working towards relevant vocational qualifications, or working through a tailored curriculum of projects. It may also include briefings and mentoring from relevant colleagues.

Current placements

The final cohort of placements under our current scheme have now been recruited.

This scheme is operated in partnership with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). Placement trainees are employed and overseen by CIfA and hosted by specialist teams in Historic England.

We have five placements in progress in the following specialist areas:

  • Landscape Investigation
  • Archaeobotany
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Archaeological Illustration
  • Aerial Investigation


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