Since 2002, English Heritage has commissioned and managed UK-wide archaeological diving services on behalf of the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and on behalf of Historic Scotland, Cadw and the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland.
The current arrangement for archaeological diving services expires on 31 March 2011 though there is provision to extend the service for two additional one-year periods. There is an ongoing requirement to utilise maritime archaeological services in the assessment and management of all types of submerged monuments in order to secure appropriate site protection within UK waters.
To complement Heritage Protection Reform, English Heritage has created an online survey (in consultation with the Government’s Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites, UK Heritage Agencies and IfA Maritime Affairs Group) to guide the planning of future maritime designation advice.
The survey is open to all those with an interest in the protection of the UK’s marine historic environment and can be accessed via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/marinedesignation
The survey closes on the 16 August 2010. Please direct any queries to Alison Hamer, English Heritage (Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org).