Training: Orford Ness

02/07/2016  |  8:30 a.m.

Orford Ness, Suffolk


This is a residential weekend with places for 12 people. We’ll be staying at the National Trust’s basecamp on the Ness, in bunk beds in shared dormitories. As with all CITiZAN training sessions, there is no cost for attending.

Owned by the National Trust, and once the home to a highly secretive atomic weapons and radar testing establishment, Orford Ness is a large shingle spit with an extremely dynamic coastline and plenty of features for us to record.

We’ll spend Saturday morning in the classroom looking at the CITiZAN project, the history of the site and the archaeological recording methods we’ll be using. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning we’ll be recording the coastguard station, which predates the military use of the island, as well as a recently exposed ground based target used in missile testing and other nearby features. If we have time we’ll walk sections of the foreshore to rapidly record any new or changed features.  Over the weekend we’ll be joined by the Orford Ness rangers as well as Heritage Futures researcher Nadia Bartolini with whom we're collaborating at Orford Ness. All attendees will receive a CPD certificate and a CITiZAN edition Archaeology Skills Passport.

Please note that we will be walking between Basecamp and the site, a distance of c 1.3km (3/4 mile) one way. There are no facilities on site though we will have access to the toilets back at Basecamp during the day.

CITiZAN will provide tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the weekend; supper on Saturday evening and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. You’ll need to bring a packed lunch for Saturday, and let us know of any food allergies or dietary requirements. Saturday evening entertainment includes, board games, puzzles and even a topical feature film!

The weekend will run from 08.30 Saturday morning to c 15.00 on Sunday. For more details contact Lara Band at or on 07718 570384

Booking is via Eventbrite. Booking will be available from Monday 4th April, 2016

Coastguard station, Orford Ness 2015
Coastguard station, Orford Ness 2015