ASPIRE Training

Free training sessions for archaeological contractors, researchers, independant and society archaeologists in February 2006.

Because ASPIRE is a new idea with such significant implications, ARIA and the RCAHMS, supported by Historic Scotland, have organised a number of Free training sessions to take place in February 2006. These training sessions are open to anyone likely to generate new archaeological information, but are expected to be of particular interest to commercial archaeological contractors as the implementation date of ASPIRE as a requirement for much of their work will be in the following April.

The training sessions will cover all aspects of ASPIRE, but will concentrate on the pratical aspects of how to make your project ASPIRE compliant and how to extend the ASPIRE template databases to make them more useful for your particular project. There will also be plenty of opportunity for question and answer sessions.

The training sessions are scheduled to take place all over Scotland so that they can be easily attended by as many people as possible. Each session is envisaged as requiring a full day, running from 9:30 until late afternoon with breaks for lunch and refeshments.

The dates and venues are as follows:

  • 10th February 2006, Glasgow, WoSAS, Charing Cross, Glasgow. (Exact Room/Venue to be confirmed).
  • 14th February 2006, Edinburgh, RCAHMS, Conference Room, John Sinclair House.
  • 17th February 2006, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire Archaeology Services, Aberdeenshire Council Offices. (Exact Room/Venue to be confirmed).
  • 21th February 2006, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. (Exact Room/Venue to be confirmed).
  • 24th February 2006, Inverness,Highland Archaeology Service, Highland Council Offices. (Exact Room/Venue to be confirmed).
  • 28th February 2006, Kirkwall,OAT, Orkney College. (Exact Room/Venue to be confirmed).

In order to book your place please send an email request to with the name of your prefered venue in the subject line. Confirmation of exact rooms for venues will take place in late January when the numbers of those attending each session are known and this information will be made available via this website and by email to those booking a place.