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What the members say about the YDYAC...

" It’s always a good time. "

" Fun and awesome! "

" Really interesting and always so fun! "

" Different things every time! "

" Like a history lesson, only better! "

" A group where you can learn about history. "

" Fun outdoor activities ... and you have a biscuit break!! "

" A fun meeting where you learn and have fun at the same time. "

" If you like walking around and history, this is for you. "

" If you like history you’d probably like YDYAC. "

" A good place to learn about history. "

" Come to YAC – its great! "

Young Archaeologists' Club excavate Low Borrowbridge

Dales Countryside Museum is home to the Yorkshire Dales Young Archaeologists Club (YDYAC) - the Yorkshire Dales branch of the Young Archaeologists Club.

The Club is a collaboration between the Council for British Archaeology and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. It's part of the Young Archaeologist's Club, the only UK-wide club for young people up to the age of 17 who are interested in archaeology, and is a great way for young people to investigate their local heritage.

We meet, on average, on one Saturday morning a month to take part in exciting activities like willow weaving, stone carving and mosaic making, to learn new skills such as surveying and field walking, and to explore different historical periods. Since the Club was formed in 2006, we have had several annual themes including prehistory, the Romans, Vikings, Medieval times, the Victorians and World War Two, and have also learned and practised different archaeological techniques. We have had several trips to historical sites and have even helped in the filming of Channel 4's 'Time Team'!

The Club is tremendous fun for both volunteer leaders and members - read what they think about it in the slideshow opposite. 

We currently have 25 members - if you'd like to join them, why not contact us for more details and to see when the next meeting is?

As well as potential new members, we are also interested in meeting people who could help run the Club with the existing team or deliver occasional sessions. If you have skills or knowledge in archaeology and have the time to get involved, please do contact us to find out more.