One of the major roles of CIfA is to advocate for archaeology, either alone or as part of a wider group, depending on the circumstances. Through this work we influence policy and decision makers and work to make sure the historic environment is considered and protected.


We respond to around 50 consultations a year (either alone or in conjunction with other parties), on matters or legislation that affect the historic environment. A list of current consultations, and our responses to past consultations can be found on the [consultations page](/advocacy/consultations. Our responses are drafted with advice and input from advisory council, committees, groups and individual members. It is helpful to receive members’ views in order to inform our responses. If you wish to contribute to a CIfA consultation response please email Tim Howard at tim.howard [at]

Representation on forums

We are involved with the All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group APPAG, a group of MPs and Peers with an interest in archaeology. The aim of APPAG is to further an understanding of archaeology in Parliament and promote archaeology and archaeological education.

Our Chief Executive is Convenor for The Archaeology Forum (TAF), a grouping of independent bodies concerned with the archaeological investigation, management and interpretation of the UK's historic environment.

We are also involved with the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum, the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) and Heritage Alliance.

Further information

Built Environment Forum Scotland
Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum
Historic Environment Review Executive Committee (HEREC)
Heritage Alliance.

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