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


A joint event by the London Branches of IHBC and CIfA

HELP! Getting the Historic Environment into Local Plans - and the London Plan

The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL

on Tuesday, 28th February 2017

This joint seminar will examine the theory, policy and implementation behind the inclusion of historic environment policies in local plans. Speakers will provide experience and differing viewpoints relating to the impact of recent changes in legislation and Government guidance to planning on heritage. The seminar will be of interest to those concerned over the protection of London's historic environment and those involved in delivering the conservation of heritage assets and protection outcomes.

Speakers include: Richard Parish, Historic Places Adviser, Historic England will cover Heritage in Local Plan-making then Sandy Kidd, Principal Archaeology Advisor (GLAAS) Historic England, will speak about Archaeological Priority Areas, in conjunction with Borough Local Plan reviews. David Divers of MOLA will provide a case study and Isabelle Adams will provide the viewpoint from Crossrail 2.

TIME – 2-5pm

COST - £10 for members (IHBC/CIfA London Group) & £15 for non-members

(please book using the Eventbrite link

TRAIN STATIONS – Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan and Ham & City underground and National Rail)

HELP Flyer

More coming soon!

Past events

  • 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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