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Why Local Authorities need an archaeologist

A new TAF paper sets out the value of local government archaeological services.

An Archaeology Forum (TAF) paper setting out the value of local government archaeological services is the latest development in IfA’s ongoing campaign to retain those services vital to the effective protection and management of our historic environment.

FAME warn of storage crisis

The Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) has warned that in many parts of the country there is no museum space to store and preserve important finds discovered by archaeological teams.

The building boom of the last two decades has been matched by a massive increase in the number of archaeological discoveries resulting from development.

No further changes to heritage bodies in today's QUANGO annoucement

DCMS has announced this morning that there will be no further changes to heritage bodies following today’s announcement about cuts to QUANGOs. The release states

We have decided not to proceed with a merger of heritage and architecture bodies in this Bill.

Heritage is key to local economies and local resilience

The ninth annual Heritage Counts report prepared by English Heritage on behalf of the heritage sector, reveals heritage plays a distinct and important role in the English economy. The report reveals that

  • over a 10 year period, every £1 invested in historic attractions generates £1.70 in additional economic activity and every £1 invested in historic environment generates £1.60

  • investments in 72 historic visitor attractions have created 3,600 jobs and safeguarded a further 6,900.

Heritage project funding conference

'Investing in the Past’, Glasgow 18-20 November

Heritage project funding and development is widely regarded as the key challenge for the sector today, both in the UK and globally.

Archaeological services questionnaire in support of marine designation

The analysis of responses report following the recent online archaeological services questionnaire in support of marine designation is now available o download. The survey closed on the 16 August, and recommendations by the UK Heritage Agencies have been made to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport which follow the key themes set out in the report.

EH draft thematic research strategy for the urban historic environment

English Heritage has produced three draft thematic research strategies for key aspects of the historic environment and is inviting comments from a range of audiences over the summer period (to 30 September). The draft strategies set out current thinking on the priorities for English Heritage relating to the urban historic environment, the historic industrial environment and prehistoric archaeology. They are intended to direct the allocation of resources towards research which contributes significantly to English Heritage’s mission to protect the nation’s historic environment.

Fortifications at Risk

The Fortress Study Group (FSG) is holding a symposium on 8 and 9 March 2011, at the National Army Museum London entitled “Fortifications at Risk” to highlight concern at the number of 19th and 20th century fortifications – particularly WW1 and WW2 defences – that have become derelict or have been destroyed.

Building upon the “Defence of Britain” project, the FSG is bringing together interested parties to discuss the preservation of these structures, and imaginative ways in which they might be re-used.

BEFS respond to potential budget cuts in Scotland

The Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has called on Scottish Ministers for early guidance and transparency over the Scottish Governments proposals for dealing with the expected cut of £1bn from the block grant of £34bn.

This follows recent announcements in England that both English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment are both clearly in the firing line for significant cuts.

The equivalent organisations in Scotland are Historic Scotland - who in turn fund many BEFS member organisations who manage, conserve and protect our built heritage - and Architect

EH draft thematic research strategy for the urban historic environment

English Heritage has produced a draft thematic research strategy for the urban historic environment and is inviting comments from a range of audiences over the summer period (to 30 September). The draft strategy sets out current thinking on the priorities for English Heritage relating to historic towns and cities and is intended to direct the allocation of resources towards research which contributes significantly to English Heritage’s mission to protect the nation’s historic environment.

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