One of the major roles of IfA 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.
IfA is involved with APPAG, the all-party group of MPs and Peers in the Palace of Westminster with an interest in archaeology. The aim of APPAG is to further an understanding of archaeology in Parliament and promote archaeology and archaeological education. IfA is also the 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 Review Executive Committee (HEREC) and Heritage Alliance.
IfA also works closely with other bodies to promote the profession. Most recently, in October 2013, IfA, ALGAO and CBA got together to raise awareness of the issues surrounding local authority archaeological services. The three bodies wrote to the Chief Planning officer and Chief Executive of every English planning authority explaining the role of archaeological services, the benefits they bring and the potential difficulties authorities would encounter if they cut or opt out of such services.
For the full text of the letter and supporting paper see here.
In addition to this IfA responds to c 30 consultations a year either alone or in conjunction with other parties, on matters or legislation which effect the historic environment. A list of current consultations, and our responses to past consultations can be found on the consultations page. We always welcome input from members.