London Area Group


We represent the interests of London’s historic environment, and those who study and care for it.

We have a deep understanding of London’s historic environment, and the nature of heritage in this area.

The role of the CIfA London Group is

  • to make CIfA’s services relevant to London-based members
  • to act as a focus for CIfA members interested in, or working in, London
  • to promote London archaeology positively within the structure of our profession
  • to ensure that the needs of London’s archaeology are fully integrated into CIfA activities
  • to advise Council and staff in the provision of direct support for London archaeologists’ needs
  • to work with other London-based groups and publications for the greater benefit of all stakeholders


  • newsletter
  • events – seminars, meetings and workshops on a variety of relevant topics, at a variety of venues
  • training – short courses focusing on the complexities of urban archaeology
  • website

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members (£10 for non-members). To join, please use the PayPal link on the webpage.

The Committee

Duncan Hawkins, Hon. Chair
Dave Bolton, Hon. Secretary
Catherine Cavanagh, Hon. Treasurer

Ordinary committee members

Victoria Donnelly
Guy Hunt
Christina Reade

Forthcoming events


  • ,C ‘Peasy’ D SERIES – London Archaeologists
    (May, June, September, October 2017)

What is the ‘C Peasy D’ Series?: Enjoy half an hour of informative and educational presentations with half an hour to discuss the topic and put your questions to industry leading experts.

Why attend:
• Learn about topics that directly influence archaeology in London but that fall outside of the usual training regimes for most units. Get informed about how and why things are done the way they are.
• Get an official CIfA certificate for 1 hour of CPD.
• Meet fellow archaeologists working in other London units. A chance to meet up and chat in a convivial place.
• Expand your horizons – for anyone working in London archaeology, CIfA members and non-members.

Topics are designed to be of particular interest to archaeologists in the PCIfA and ACIfA grades looking to gain some wider knowledge about commercial archaeology in London. People of all levels are urged to attend and contribute to the discussion.

Next event: Wednesday 24th May 2017 – Environmental Samples; When, why, and how to take them. With Sylvia Warman (Historic England Science Advisor for London)
Further details can be found here Flyer and for booking information go to:

London Group AGM

London Area Group AGM and Debate: Wednesday 13th September 2017

Date: Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 17:30.
Venue: The Horseshoe Pub, 24 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AG.

Booking on Eventbrite

The AGM will be preceded by a Debate and discussion on "the crisis of upcoming work".
Is there a crisis emerging as a result of the volume of upcoming work? Major infrastructure projects in and around London threaten to swallow up previously unimagined levels of resources. What impact will the proposed projects have on our ability to do archaeology in London? Will sites be missed? Will time on site and post-excavation get squeezed even more? What are their implications for the archaeology sector, for jobs and the profession?

Nominations are sought for Election of Committee Members.

See the Flyer for more information.

Download the nomination paper here

Past events

  • A joint event by the London Branches of IHBC and CIfA. HELP! Getting the Historic Environment into Local Plans - and the London Plan. 28th February 2017. A joint seminar examining the theory, policy and implementation behind the inclusion of historic environment policies in local plans. Speakers provided experience and differing viewpoints relating to the impact of recent changes in legislation and Government guidance to planning on heritage. Speakers included: Richard Parish, Historic Places Adviser, Historic England covered Heritage in Local Plan-making then Sandy Kidd, Principal Archaeology Advisor (GLAAS) Historic England, spoke about Archaeological Priority Areas, in conjunction with Borough Local Plan reviews. David Divers of MOLA provided a case study and Isabelle Adams will provide the viewpoint from Crossrail 2.

  • The future for London's archaeology - 14 September. A CIfA London Group debate and discussion, CPD event; followed by the group AGM sponsored by CgMs Consulting What impact will the proposed loosening of planning controls have on our ability to do archaeology in London? Will sites be missed? Will time on site be under even greater pressure? Will post-excavation get squeezed even more? Will preservation in situ be lost? What are: the Housing Bill; the proposed abolition of pre-commencement planning conditions; planning permission in principle for brownfield sites? What are their implications for the archaeology sector, for jobs and the profession? Threats or opportunities?

  • For the Record: How research, recording and chance discoveries can enrich our understanding of London’s past was held in January 2016. A joint event by the London branch of IHBC and the CIfA London Group. flyer

  • Going underground; the impact of basement construction on the historic environment was held in November 2014 collaboration with IHBC London. Going underground

  • Workshop: Selection Strategies for Archive Deposition

  • Infrastructure and the Historic Environment London has been the focus of both Government and private enterprise spending on Infrastructure for a number of years, and this looks set to continue.

AGM Minutes

AGM Minutes 14 Sept 2016
AGM minutes 8 June 2010

Committee Minutes


Autumn Newsletter 2012
Newsletter number 2
Newsletter number 1

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