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

  • Rob Whytehead, Hon. Chair
  • Roy Stephenson, Hon. Treasurer

Ordinary committee members

  • William Filmer-Sankey
  • Richard Meager
  • Jane Sidell
  • Christopher Constable
  • David Divers
  • Frank Meddens

Forthcoming events

The future for London's archaeology
A CIfA London Group debate and discussion, CPD event; followed by the group AGM sponsored by CgMs Consulting

Date: 14 September 2016
Location: Upstairs Room, The Horseshoe Pub, 24 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AG (nearest tube station: Farringdon Station)

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?

Your chance to learn more, discuss, and have your questions answered!

See the flyer for more details!

Group AGM
All positions on the committee are available for nomination - if you're interested please complete and return a nomination form

Past events

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.

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.

  • Debate & Christmas Social

Lighthearted debate on the topic of "What is the value of ethics in a commercial world?" to cover all aspects of the historic environment that we are involved in.

  • Annual General Meeting & Lecture

The business of the AGM was followed by a talk on the Romano-British Temple Complex found in the Pre-Construct Archaeology Excavations at Tabard Square, by Dougie Killock and John Shepherd

  • A walk around the archaeology of north Southwark, led by Christopher Constable and Jane Sidell in August 2012.

AGM Minutes

AGM minutes 2010

Committee Minutes

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