CIfA Council approved the formation of a Special Interest Group for Archaeological Archives, and the yearly AGM was held on 6 March 2012.
The aims of the group are
to focus upon issues relating to professional standards, best practice, advocacy and access
to promote of awareness of archaeological archives within the profession
to represent the interest of those working with archives to CIfA Council and in all CIfA activities
to hold seminars and workshops to facilitate the above
to establish relationships with other groups associated with archaeological archives
The Group is open to anybody with interests, concerns or involvement with the archive process, and is free to CIfA members. Non-members will need to pay a yearly £10 fee.
To join, please contact the CIfA office at email@example.com
Lorraine Mepham (Chair)
Helen Parslow (Treasurer)
Rebecca is our secretary and can be emailed images, events, good news, articles and links at archaeologicalarchives [at] gmail.com
We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.
The museums in Gloucestershire welcome comment on Section 1 of the The Countywide Standard for the Creation, Compilation and Transfer of Archaeological Archives in Gloucestershire. Click here for the draft document. The consultation period has now closed. Any comments to sampaulheritage [at] gmail.com in advance of the consultation meeting are welcomed in order to inform the meetings agenda.
Call for papers deadline 15 December
To read more about the presentations and discussion at the Selection, de-selection and rationalisation day conference in March 2016 please click here
SMA held their 2015 conference at the Great North Museum, Hancock, on 11 – 12 November.
It’s not just about box sizes: Alternative archives in archaeological practice
Plenary event for good practice in archaeological archives workshops
This one day event gave an overview of the reason why the project started, how it was created, the findings from the staged evaluations and looked at the resources needed within the sector for the future.
The Archives Group have carried out a series of successful regional workshops designed to promote good practice in working with archaeological archives, to provide hands-on experience and encourage participants to engage with archive issues by considering new perspectives.
2014 AGM and Collecting Archaeology event
2013 AGM and ARCHES Documentation
A workshop on a European Standard for Archaeological Archives took place, which included a discussion about the ARCHES documentation