Archaeological Archives Group

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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

Forthcoming events

Coming soon!

Previous Events

It’s not just about box sizes: Alternative archives in archaeological practice

Event flier

CIfA Archives group workshop flier - Alternative-archives-in-archaeological-practice

Plenary event for good practice in archaeological archives workshops

This was held on Wednesday 24 September at Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU

This event was set up to review the Regional Archive Workshop programme that has been in action since 2012 and to discuss the future. The last workshop took place in July 2014 and information has been gathered throughout the programme of events on the current level of archive knowledge and specialised resources across the disciplines and within various settings in the UK.

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.

Thank you to those of you who attended and helped us make some useful and practical decisions on the future of archaeological archives resources within the UK.

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.

2014 AGM and Collecting Archaeology event

Wednesday 30 April, Birmingham and Midland Institute

For the full programme and details, please go to the event webpage at

ARCHES Documentation

At the AGM in May 2013, a workshop on a European Standard for Archaeological Archives took place, which included a discussion about the ARCHES documentation

Join the Group

The Group is open to anybody with interests, concerns or involvement with the archive process, and is free to IfA members. Non-members will need to pay a yearly £10 fee.

To join, please contact the IfA office at


Duncan H Brown (Chair)

Rebecca Sillwood(Secretary)

Helen Parslow (Treasurer)

Theodora Anastasiadou-Leigh

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]

Three year business plan

Business plan - April 2014

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