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Communities that we work with 

This is a sample of some of the projects that Jon Kenny currently works with and has supported or managed over the last 11 years, some as Community Archaeologist with York Archaeological Trust.

The Excavation on the Bishop's Palace in Howden.


Working with the Howden Heritage Centre to better understand the east wing of the Prince Bishop's Palace next to the Minster in Howden. See more on the Heritage Centre Facebook Page.

Peel Hill in Thorne


Working with ArcHeritage and Historic England to link work at Peel Hill with the Community. See our Facebook Page 

Ouse and Derwent Project.

Between the river Ouse and Derwent.

Working with Archaeology North Duffield to study the Iron Age landscape south of York. Follow our project on our Facebook Page.

Supporting a long term project.

South Blockhouse, Hull.

Working with Humber Field Archaeology and Historic England towards making the defenses of Hull more meaningful for the community. Follow the project on our Facebook Page.

Geophysics and Excavation at Pocklington Canal Head

Leading activities for Canal and River Trust project supported by HLF.

As part of the Canal and River Trust project "A Gem in the Landscape" Jon Kenny Community archaeology has helped devise and deliver the community archaeology activity on this project. We are also filming the project with Hidden Context TV.

Undertaking Aerial Surveys using Drone Technology

Yorkshire Archaeological Aerial Mapping

Working with drone specialist Tony Hunt we offer drone surveys to archaeologists. We will carry out FREE surveys for communities that are self-funded! Follow our activity of our Facebook Page.

Queens Mill - Castleford Heritage Trust

Castleford, West Yorkshire

Supporting the development of archaeology at the Queens Mill through courses run with the WEA. We are developing a group of people interested and active in archaeology, landscape study and local heritage who can involve the community in local research. Follow us on our Facebook Page.

Hidden Context TV. Revealing the Past in the Present.

Filming Heritage All Around Yorkshire

We have started a new project working with community filmmaker John Phillips to form Hidden Context TV. HCTV makes film about heritage projects, if you would like to add a film to your project please contact us.Visit our You Tube Channel at and subscribe to see our work. You can also follow us on our Facebook Page.

Sand Hill House Excavation, Commondale, North York Moors.

Another project coming to life in 2016.

This new project is carried out with Beyond Boundaries, a group offering outdoor and farm experiences to people with learning difficulties in the North of Yorkshire and Cleveland. We carried out our first dig investigating the now ruined farm or workers house on the hill side overlooking Commondale and will be excavating again in 2018.

Landscapes of Remembrance

York Archaeological Trust

We have been working with YAT to create this HLF supported project telling the stories of World War 1 memorials and the landscapes they are set in.

Ripley, North Yorkshire

Ripley Village Study Group

We have been investigating a ring feature on top of Yammer Head and recently looking for the 'sinking chapel' on chapel flats.

Kirby in Cleveland

Kirby Great Broughton and Ingleby Greenhow Local History Group

We have helped to investigate the village church yard for a possible early medieval church. We are currently looking for alum houses on the slopes of the moor above the village.

Fulford Battlefield Trust

Fulford, York

Providing archaeological support and training for volunteers at this project seeking to locate the battle at Fulford in 1066 by understanding the archaeological landscape at Germany Beck in Fulford.

Archaeology North Duffield

North Duffield, North Yorkshire

AND is part of the North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society. Between 2011 and 2014 they ran a highly successful HLF supported project looking at the archaeological landscape around the village. Jon Kenny gave considerable support to the project and enjoyed every minute!

Cawood Castle Garth Group

Cawood, North Yorkshire

The Castle Garth Group have taken on researching the garth of the former Archbishop of York's palace for nearly ten years. They are currently undertaking a project investigating the nearby Keesbury Manor, a medieval moated site that has intreagingly been known as "the Gooseberries". 

Abbot's Staith Heritage Group

Selby, North Yorkshire

This is a really exciting project, investigating, restoring and giving new life at the core of the community to a medieval warehouse in the centre of Selby.

Captain Cook Cottage Project

Great Ayton, North Yorks.

Working with the Great Ayton History Society and Captain Cook Society. Providing training and helping with geophysical survey to find the potential childhood childhood home of Captain Cook.


We have worked with York People First for 8 years, developing a history club. The history club has researched many historical themes that have inspired plays by sister organisation Once Seen Theatre Company.

Battle of Stamford Bridge Society

Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire

This group aims to study and bring to a wider public the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Jon has supported geophysical survey and excavation with the group with the support of the LEADER programme.

Yearsley Mill, North Yorkshire

Howardian Hills, North Yorkshire.

I have worked with this active group for some years now and although we have had a failed bit for funds with the HLF we have found ways to undertake a really exciting excavation on an important medieval mill site.


Elizabeth from the Yearsley Mill Team said: 'Jon has provided us with invaluable support and advice, as well as equipment, to enable us to survey and excavate Yearsley watermill. We hope his new venture as an independent community archaeologist is successful.'  

Friends of Active Archaeology

Broughton, Malton

Jon has been a member of this group for ten years. They have been excavating on a Romano British farm stead that may be near to a larger villa. 

Timeline York Plus

This is a loose association of history and archaeology community groups from in and around York. They meet twice a year to exchange news and advice. They have a Website maintained by Jon Kenny.

Greater York Community Archaeology Project


From 2006 to 2010 Jon was employed by York Archaeological Trust as Community Archaeologist to manage and deliver this project. It encouraged groups in and around York to investigate the historic landscape around them. The project was originated by the York Archaeological Forum. 

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