Consultancy on Community Outreach and Public Engagement in Archaeology


This contract supports a project titled ‘Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey’ (SARAT) which is the recipient of funding from the Cultural Protection Fund. The project is led by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) in partnership with Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and ICOM UK. More information about the project can be accessed at:


An important part of the SARAT project will be a series of workshops which aim to inspire people with a heritage-related interest to develop projects within their communities that build social and economic capital using heritage assets.  


This contract seeks proposals from people experienced in developing outreach programs to design a format that can be delivered by the SARAT team in a series of workshops that will be conducted throughout Turkey from September 2019.  




SARAT’s main goal is to increase knowledge, capacity, and awareness in order to better protect, appreciate and preserve Turkey’s archaeological assets. SARAT is composed of four interconnected programs.


One of these programs (conducted in 2018) was a nation-wide public opinion poll. The results reveal the Turkish public’s understanding, interest in and positive attitudes towards archaeology and archaeological assets. Building on these results, a series of workshops is being planned that will be delivered in 6-8 different provinces in Turkey. 


The intended audiences for the workshops are people with heritage- related interests who can adopt and adapt what they learn to their own institutions and communities. It is envisaged that the workshops will share the results of the opinion poll (with regional specifications), and will offer strategies for participants to make their institutions and communities more engaged with local heritage, specifically through using archaeological assets to create social and economic benefits.  One day workshops will be delivered by the SARAT team  in different provinces of Turkey between September-November 2019.




1. Provide a literature review with an international scope on community outreach and public participation in the field of archaeological heritage.

2. Design a format for a one-day workshop that:

  • Takes account of the findings of the nation-wide opinion poll and integrates them into the workshop format.
  •  Provides examples of practical and applicable programmes, approaches and/or activities[1] that use heritage assets to build economic and social capital in communities.
  • will be delivered by SARAT team on site.

3. Liaise closely with the SARAT Cultural Heritage Management Researcher to adapt the ideas for delivery in a Turkish context.

4. Liaise closely with the Project Committee while developing the ideas via teleconference, Skype and face-to-face meetings in London and Turkey.




The successful contractor will report to the SARAT Cultural Heritage Management Researcher Dr. Isilay Gursu. Project Coordinator Dr. Gül Pulhan and the ICOM UK Executive Director, Dr Tonya Nelson will also follow the work.  


Essential Criteria:


The successful contractor will have:

1. Demonstrable experience in designing community outreach projects in the field of archaeology; especially in designing workshops/trainings/lectures on using archaeological heritage as a socio-economic resource for communities;

2. Knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding cultural heritage and public participation;

3. Demonstrable experience in international or cross-cultural work, as the expert will work closely with the SARAT team who will deliver the workshops;

4. Basic knowledge of interpreting survey data (excel and SPSS formats) is a plus as there is already a very rich data set from the nation-wide opinion poll;

5. Be a self-employed professional or company registered in the UK.


Optional criteria


1. Knowledge of Turkey is an added advantage but not a requirement




  1. Invitation for proposals published – w/c 25 March 2019
  2. Deadline for proposals – 17:00 on13 April 2019
  3. Interviews– w/c 15 April 2019 (in London / or via Skype)
  4. Successful contractor notified – 22 April 2019
  5. Work commences – 1 May 2019
  6. Progress report – 15 June 2019
  7. Draft programme and literature review – 15 July
  8. Final programme– 15 August




  1. The duration of the contract is 3,5 months from 1 May 2019 to 15 August 2019.
  2. There is set fee of £10,000 paid in 3 instalments upon presentation of an invoice and acquittal of project milestones. The first payment will be made upon the signing of the contract, the second one upon the submission of the draft programme and the last one upon the completion of work. The fee includes VAT.  Project related costs can be covered with the consultation and the approval of the project coordinator.
  3. The successful contractor will have their own office and equipment and all necessary up-to-date insurances.
  4. The successful contractor will pay their own National Insurance and Tax.




Any questions related to the job description and proposals can be addressed to Dr. Isilay Gursu, at

Please send your proposal addressing your suitability and experience for the position along with two named referees and a current CV to Dana Andrew, Executive Director ICOM UK at


[1] Translation of all the texts, presentations, forms, engagement activities, and support materials etc. into Turkish will be ensured by the project.