Buildings Archaeology Group


The CIfA Buildings Archaeology Special Interest Group was reformed in 2003 to act as a forum for promoting the archaeological analysis, research, interpretation of standing structures.


The group aims to promote the analysis of the built environment and to raise awareness of approaches and methodologies to address the wider role of buildings archaeology with other professionals in built heritage sector by:

  • advising CIfA council on issues relating to standing buildings and being consulted during the drafting of new recording guidelines and heritage legislation.
  • Producing regular newsletters (two per year)
  • Articles in the CIfA magazine 'The Archaeologist'
  • Training events (seminars, guidance and conference sessions)
  • Developing links with associated heritage professionals
  • To provide a forum for addressing the wider role of buildings archaeology within the built heritage sector

Join the group

Membership is free to CIfA members, and £10 for non-members. Please email to find out about membership or be added to our electronic mailing list, or contact the CIfA office on 0118 378 6446

Nominations at AGM 2016

The BAG AGM will be held at the CIfA conference on Thursday 21 April at 1pm in Room 528 in the Ken Edwards Building.

There are vacancies for Secretary and two Ordinary committee members. If you are interested in joining the committee please complete a nomination form.

Nomination form (WORD)

Nomination form (PDF)

If you would like to discuss what the positions entail please contact lianne.birney [at]


Mike Nevell (Chair)

Vacant (Secretary)

Tim Murphy (Treasurer)

Paul Bowen (OCM)

Frank Green (Events)

Bob Hill (Standards)

Ed James (Newsletter Editor)

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.

Forthcoming events

Look out for the latest events soon!

Other events

  • Industrial archaeology seminar being run by the AIA. Booking can be done through the AIA website and / or the Eventbrite site. Please see flyer for more details.

  • Walking on a work of art study day and workshops run by SPAB. Please see flyer for more details.

Previous events

Stow Maries tour and short lecture

Event flier

CIfA Buildings group workshop flier - Stow Maries tour and short lecture

Tour of House Mill

An introduction to historic building construction
Tuesday 14 October 2014 - CPD workshop with Bob Hill

You can find all the details for the course on the event flier

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2016

Committee Minutes

18 January 2016

28 September 2015

6 January 2015

1 July 2014

20 January 2014


Spring 2015 - issue 37

Autumn 2014 - issue 36

Spring 2013 - issue 35

Summer 2012 - issue 34

Spring 2012 - issue 33


Conference Sessions (pdf files)


  • Building Material Research - Ian Betts (MOLAS)
  • The Big Picture - Pat Reynolds (CBM Researcher)
  • What can tile tell us? - Phil Mills (University of Leicester)
  • Ceramic building materials in archaeology - Sandra Garside-Neville (CBM Researcher)
  • The staffordshire potteries; an archaeological approach - David Barker (Stoke on Trent Council)
  • The Wild Court Rookery; the archaeology of a 19th century London slum in its social and international context - Bruce Watson and Nigel Jeffries (MOLAS)
  • The role of research agendas and data in the historic environment - Stephen Deane (Staffordshire County Council)
  • From Ale house to Crack house; documenting the decline of the Sheffield pub - Oliver Jessop and Mark Douglas (ARCUS)

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