Archaeological Archives Group


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

Join the Group

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


Duncan H Brown (Chair)

Rebecca Sillwood(Secretary)

Helen Parslow (Treasurer)

Lorraine Mepham

Samantha Paul

Anooshka Rawden

Ellen McAdam

Steve Baker

Rebecca is our secretary and can be emailed images, events, good news, articles and links at archaeologicalarchives [at]

Future events

AGM 2016

Ballot for committee members

Please vote for three positions only and return to us by Tuesday 15 March.

Ballot paper (Word)

Ballot paper (pdf)

Election statements


Selection, De-selection and Rationalisation - Day conference and including the AAG AGM

Place: PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE HAS CHANGED TO: Dickens Room, Birmingham Midland Institute,9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS
Date: 16 March 2015
Time: 09:30 to 16:30
Cost: £10 CIfA members, £20 non-members, including one year group membership (excludes lunch)
To book:


It now seems to be generally accepted that we can no longer retain everything produced or recorded during an archaeological project, while space could be created in museum stores, through retrospective selection to current criteria – but what are those criteria? What should a selection strategy look like and has anybody actually applied one?
The aim of this meeting is to answer those questions with a set of overviews and case studies that provide context, introductory guidance and practical examples, with the ultimate goal being the creation of national guidelines. Participants should include those who monitor selection, those who apply it and those who curate the resulting collections. This issue is of interest to all archaeologists, in the present and the future, and we must ensure that the strategies we adopt are consistent, comprehensive and sound.

Flyer & final programme

Previous Events

  • 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.

  • Good practice in archaeological archives workshops

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.

A workshop on a European Standard for Archaeological Archives took place, which included a discussion about the ARCHES documentation

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Business plan 2014-2016

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