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Adopt-a-Monument is a nation-wide Community Archaeology scheme that provides volunteer groups with the practical advice and training they need to care and conserve their local heritage. The project encourages groups to get involved in hands-on activities to improve the condition, accessibility and interpretation of their chosen site.


Monuments of any age from anywhere in Scotland can be proposed (no matter how unusual), with the focus on helping volunteers to improve sites which they are passionate about. Taking part in the scheme will equip volunteers with new skills in archaeological fieldwork and conservation, which can be used again and again to promote the heritage of their local area. It's also a great way to keep active, develop new skills, meet new people and achieve real results.


The idea for the Adopt-a-Monument Scheme was first developed in the 1990s. Between 1991 and 1998, the Council for Scottish Archaeology (CSA) ran Adopt-a-Monument in response to the number of archaeological societies who wanted to look after and take responsibility for cultural heritage sites in their area.  A second phase (2006-2009) was funded by Historic Scotland, and was intended as pilot scheme to assess the popularity of the scheme. Due to the overwhelming response to the pilot project, Adopt-a-Monument is now back!


The new re-launched AaM Scheme (2011-2015) will build on this past experience and meet the demands from community groups who wish to engage with their local heritage. With the help of our funders, we are here to help for the next five years.


Have a browse through our web pages – have a look at some of our past and present projects, meet the AaM team and check out our News Page for events coming up in your area!


Have any questions? Get in touch with the AaM Team either by phone (0845 872 3333) or by email (