About the Cultural Learning Initiative

The Cultural Learning Initiative aims to develop novel and innovative approaches to studying the past through inspiring individuals, groups, communities and schools to getting involved in recording and protecting their heritage.

Kids at play at community post-dig.

Kids at play at community post-dig.

Our work is guided by two key principles, that:

  1. Archaeology and cultural heritage are of great relevance to the present and future of our world
  2. Everyone, regardless of social class, ethnic, gender or age background should have the opportunity to explore their heritage

We are always keen to hear from people, groups and organisations interested in organising or participating in heritage projects and will gladly offer advice on and help with developing your ideas.

The Director

Dr Thomas Kador, holds a PhD in Archaeology from University College Dublin and has worked as academic archaeologist and community worker in Ireland over the past twelve years. Apart from undertaking high level research in early prehistory his key interests concern innovative and imaginative approaches to understanding the past, including bringing new audiences to archaeology and vice versa.

What we do

  • Designing, coordinating and providing advice on community archaeology projects
  • Providing heritage educational programmes for public audiences, schools and community groups
  • Connecting academic and statutory bodies with communities and the wider public in cultural heritage programmes (such as outreach and civic engagement initiatives)
  • Providing advice and consultancy on policy development relating to public heritage and cultural learning
  • Carrying out research in heritage education, public outreach and community participation in archaeology
  • Providing resources for individuals, schools and community groups interested in participating in heritage research

Who we work with

  • Community groups
  • Interested members of the public
  • Local Historical, Archaeological and Heritage Societies
  • School Students (primary and post primary)
  • Further education colleges and Youthreaches
  • Universities and Institutes of Technology
  • Local Authorities (e.g. heritage officers) and Public sector bodies
  • Museums
  • Archaeological contractors, units and companies
  • Anyone else looking for more interesting and fun ways of exploring the past