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Policy Statement on the case for the development of Archaeological Resource Centres within England

This policy statement sets out the current background and argues the case for the development of a network of Archaeological Resource Centres (ARC) throughout England in response to the current archaeological archive capacity and management crisis. The statement is supported by all the Forum member organisations and is available for download from the Forum’s webpage: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/archives/

Developing an Archaeological Resource Centre: Guidance for Sustainable Storage and Access to Museum Collections

Alongside its policy statement supporting the development of Archaeological Resource Centres (ARC), the AAF has produced a guidance document to help those seeking to create one. The Guidance document defines what an ARC is and sets out recommended procedures that should be followed in developing one, from preparatory work, through planning to execution. These guidelines have been developed to support any project designed to create an ARC. Reference to this document should satisfy stakeholders that the project will proceed within a nationally accepted framework. The Guidance can be downloaded from the Forum’s webpage: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/archives/

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