Stated aims of the project:
1. To demonstrate to the wider community that heritage is a collective historical legacy: shaped by the totality of people inhabiting the region throughout its history, it belongs to everyone, whatever their background, experience or circumstances. It should therefore be the entitlement of everyone to interpret heritage, to celebrate it, and to play a role in its conservation.
2. To provide, therefore, opportunities for people not normally engaged in archaeology – including adults with learning difficulties, mental health service users, adults with physical disabilities and members of BME – to learn about the wealth and diversity of our local, regional and national heritage through practical, inclusive participation in archaeology education.
3. To demonstrate how archaeology can develop a wide range of skills, both specific and transferable, build confidence and self-esteem and promote a sense of well-being and help community cohesion.
4. To develop a strategic regional network of local partnerships involving agencies and organisations from across a range of sectors – including higher and further education, community based education, local authority services (museums and galleries, adult / community education, mental health services, disability services), voluntary and community organisations and commercial archaeology services – enabling increased relational capacity and an effective sharing of skills, resources and planning to widen, and increase, participation in archaeology education and practice.