The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) is delighted to announce the launch of its very own Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC). The Ironbridge Young Archaeology Club (IYAC) will become one of a large network of YAC branches throughout the UK which are supported by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). YAC is the only UK-wide club for young people who are interested in archaeology. Its vision is for all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future.

The Ironbridge branch is currently recruiting, so if you know of a child who might interested in becoming a member please let us know as soon as possible as membership will be on a first come, first served basis. Members must live in the TF, SY or WV postcodes and be aged between 8 and 17. IYAC sessions will take place on the last Sunday of every month. These sessions will be run by staff from IGMT’s Archaeology Department and members of the Ironbridge Archaeology Volunteer Group.

IYAC members will be required to join the national YAC network (£15 per year for a single child or £21 per year for a family of up to 5 children) for which they will receive a membership pack, containing a membership card, certificate, badge, and the Young Archaeologist quarterly magazine which is packed with archaeological news, competitions and practical activities. They will also receive a YAC Pass which will give them free access or reduced entry to over 120 museums and historic sites across the UK. In addition, IYAC members will pay an annual branch membership charge of £10 per child or £15 for up to three children from the same address and then £4 per session (there will be a minimum of 10 sessions per year). These charges will cover administration and material costs.

Membership to Ironbridge YAC will be given on a first come, first serve basis, with a maximum of 30 members at any one time. If membership has reached its maximum but you are still interested in joining, your child(ren) will be added to a waiting list and when a place becomes available they will be offered full membership. In the meantime, we would recommend still joining the National YAC to take advantage of the magazines and offers members of this get.

If your child is interested please contact the branch leaders at ironbridge.yac@gmail.com.

For more details about IYAC see www.ironbridge.org.uk/yac.

For more information about the national Young Archaeology Club visit http://www.yac-uk.org/.