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


Lorraine Mepham (Chair)

Rebecca Sillwood(Secretary)

Helen Parslow (Treasurer)

Samantha Paul

Anooshka Rawden

Ellen McAdam

Steve Baker

Theodora Anastasiadou

Katie Green

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

Specialist competence matrix

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.

Consultation in Gloucestershire

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] in advance of the consultation meeting are welcomed in order to inform the meetings agenda.

Future events

AGM event: Are Archaeological Archives relevant? Wednesday 22 March 2017 at Birmingham and Midland Institute

Call for papers deadline 15 December

Previous Events

  • Selection, De-selection and Rationalisation - Day conference and including the AAG AGM - 16 March 2016

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.

  • 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

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2016

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