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 contact the CIfA office at

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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

More coming soon!

Past events

  • The future for London's archaeology was held on 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. To find out more about this past event see the flyer

  • Going underground; the impact of basement construction on the historic environment was held in November 2014 collaboration with IHBC London.
    To find out more about this past event see: Going underground

  • Workshop: Selection Strategies for Archive Deposition (or ‘Less is More) - 14 November. This workshop (hosted by the IfA London Area Group, LAARC and also supported by the IfA Archaeological Archives Group) was held at the London Archaeological Archives Research Centre - please see the flyer. The results of this workshop will be disseminated next year.

  • 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. In this Conference we explorde how the Historic Environment has fared in these works, to what extent has it been seen as an `asset’, or possibly a hindrance, and how has its protection been managed, particularly in sometimes complex project management structures? What have we learnt, and what can inform projects in the future?
    Talks covered completed projects, ones in build at the moment, and ones being planned. We looked at historic infrastructure, as well as the continuing management of heritage assets.

AGM Minutes

AGM minutes 8 June 2010

Committee Minutes


Autumn Newsletter 2012
Newsletter number 2
Newsletter number 1

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