As an award-winning provider of community archaeology and heritage services, ARS Ltd is committed to inspiring the public and providing access to the past and enjoyment of our rich cultural heritage. We work with a wide range of community groups, charities, universities and other organisations to assist with developing, planning and delivering projects. We have in-depth experience in assisting groups with acquiring funds and delivering their projects to the highest standards, often with high profile outcomes. We welcome enquires and often offer free project planning (see below).

We are proud to have won a number of awards for our Community projects, examples of which can be accessed using the ‘Projects’ tab.

The Airplay group with the Time Team crew. © Copyright ARS Ltd 2018
Volunteers helping to excavate the ramparts at Fin Cop hillfort. © Copyright ARS Ltd 2018
We have vast experience of working with schools to plan and deliver interesting and engaging archaeological projects. © Copyright ARS Ltd 2018
Community Resources

Radiocarbon Dating Fund

Archaeological Research Services Ltd (ARS Ltd) and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) have set up a new ‘Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating Fund’ (CARD Fund) as of January 2016. The scheme is intended to provide support to community groups and projects to acquire radiocarbon dates for their projects. The scheme is open to community-based projects throughout all of the UK with a closing date of 30th September each year, shortly after which a decision will be made on which applications are successful. All the necessary information is available on the Fund’s website ( with applications via the online application form.

Public Library

The ARS Ltd library, located in Bakewell, is open to the public and books, periodicals and off-prints can be consulted during normal working hours, Monday to Friday, but books are not allowed to be taken out. The library is very extensive and we have a wide range of regional journals covering large parts of the UK as well as seminal volumes and computer access to various online journals. Our library catalogue is now available to consult online prior to your visit. There are copying, tea and coffee making and toilet facilities available. Please give us a ring to let us know you are coming if possible. We look forward to welcoming you to our library soon.

Project Development Service

For community groups and charities looking to get archaeological projects off the ground, we can provide free support and specialist project development and application assistance to selected projects. We have a national reputation, and are leaders in, supporting community groups to deliver inspirational projects at local, regional and national scales.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at our Bakewell office to see if
we can help with your project.

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