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IfA welcomes publication of Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland

On 4 March Scottish Government published Our Place in Time - The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland. The strategy, which is welcomed by IfA in letters a foot tall on the inside front cover, sets out a direction and vision, and the ways in which Scotland’s historic environment will be managed to deliver real and increasing benefits to Scotland’s people. The development of the strategy was a collaborative exercise by many players in the Scottish heritage world, and so will its implementation be.

English Heritage Strategy for developing Research Resources

English Heritage has developed a Strategy for developing Research Resources as part of our capacity-building activities which is set out in the essential Supporting Actions of the National Heritage Protection Plan. It also draws on the recommendations of the Southport Group report (2011). It is hoped that the strategy will help coordinate and guide the development of a new generation of Research Frameworks and develop a prioritisation process for future Reference Resources.

IfA reacts to English Planning Guidance

IfA has responded to the beta version of the government planning guidance pointing out omissions and areas for improvement.

For the full text please visit our consultations page

IfA responds to proposals for Scotland's historic environment strategy and structure

IfA welcomes and strongly supports the publication of an ‘overarching strategy for the protection and promotion of the historic environment’ in Scotland (Ministerial Statement, page 4). The Institute endorses the aim to provide ‘ambition and direction for Scotland’s historic environment’ (Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland, Ministerial Statement, page 4) and recognises the importance of obtaining the sector’s ‘buy in’. Nevertheless, it is important that the strategy is a Government strategy and one of its strengths should be that it operates across Government.

IfA policy statement updates

IfA has recently updated our Policy statements to include the use of training posts on archaeological projects. Other statements have also been amended in line with new Standards and guidance and amendments to the Code of conduct.

We recommend all IfA members and Registered Organisations have a look through the updated document and make it available to colleagues.

NPPF and archaeology; a discussion

Joe Flatman and Dominic Perring (both Members of IfA) have recently published their paper The National Planning Policy Framework and Archaeology: A Discussion.

IfA and salary recommendations 2013-2014

Report on decisions of IfA Council, 30/01/2013

Council has reaffirmed IfA’s vital role in improving and maintaining standards of archaeological work, and in enhancing the status of archaeologists.

Consultation; the IfA and a Royal Charter of Incorporation

This important consultation seeks your views on the future of the Institute.

In accordance with IfA’s strategic plan, in 2010 members were consulted about the desirability of the Institute seeking a Royal Charter of Incorporation.

On that basis, at the 2011 AGM members passed a resolution mandating Council to submit an informal memorandum to the Privy Council Office (the first stage of the process).

AGM2012 Information now available

An Annual General Meeting of the Company (Institute of Field Archaeologists trading as Institute for Archaeologists) will be held at

4.30 pm, Monday 8 October 2012,

at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

Further details of the AGM, along with the agenda and related papers, are available via the Members area of the website (see top left menu), or via the following links.

New bursaries available under HLF Workplace Learning Bursaries scheme

The IfA are offering a further 9 training posts under the HLF’s Workplace Learning Bursaries scheme. These posts are based within a number of different archaeological organisations and in various areas of archaeological practice. Post holders will work full time within the host organisation, helping to deliver projects while working toward agreed learning goals. All posts start in October/November 2012.

Full details of each post are provided via the links below. For each post on offer there is an Advertisement, a Job Description/Person Specification and a Training Plan.

Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AB

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