IfA’s Chief Executive, supporting representatives of many other organisations and interested individuals, has written to the Daily Telegraph lamenting the lack of progress by the UK in ratifying the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/10979564/Britain-should-ratif…). The convention was drafted 1954, and Government announced its intention to ratify it in 2003 following looting in Iraq.
Mark Collard, Hon Vice Chair Personnel and Membership, and Nick Shepherd, Hon Vice Chair Standards have both had to step down from their Executive Committee duties due to work commitments but will remain on Council until the end of their term of office.
An Event by The Archaeology Forum Monday, 7 October 2013, 2.15-5.00pm
The event is intended to inform delegates of the policies of the principal political parties contesting the next Westminster election on archaeology and other aspects of heritage.
On 6 September all members were issued with the AGM notice and notification of the election of Corporate members to the Council, Executive Committee and Membership Appeals Committee of the Institute.
The AGM will be held at 5pm on 7 October at the Society of Antiquaries, London.
The 2013 Annual Report in now available on the website on the About IfA page. 2012/13 has been a busy year for the Institute in terms of driving forward our Strategic plan objectives, as well as responding to more immediate matters such as proposed changes to legislation and continued cuts to archaeological services. This Annual Report highlights some of the key activities we have been involved in over the past year, and also includes reports from all our Area and Special Interest Groups.
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 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.
IfA has provided a selective response to this consultation, emphasising the contribution of the historic environment to public life and the role archaeology can play.
Read the full response here
IfA has expressed grave concerns to Scottish Government about the new draft SPP, which shifts the emphasis firmly towards economic growth, potentially at the expense of sustainability - including archaeology and the historic environment. In addition to answering the consultation questions, Tim Howard has provided detailed recommendations to redress the balance.
Read the full response here
IfA has written to Defra expressing its concerns about priorities in the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS), which could lead to the downgrading or abandonment of historic environment objectives in future agri-environment provision. Read the full letter here