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Publication of the Southport Report – ‘Realising the benefits of planning–led investigation in the historic environment: A Framework for delivery'

Wednesday 13 July saw the launch of a ground-breaking report, commissioned by the Southport Group, on the public benefits of development-led investigation of the historic environment. The report, based on extensive sector consultation, outlines recommendations for change and calls for sign-up from historic environment practitioners, developers and planners. To download a copy of the report, click here (PDF file).

Peter Hinton, IfA Chief Executive and Southport Group Secretary said

“The past year has seen a monumental collaborative effort by all those keen to see greater benefits from planning-led archaeology, not least the development community. The publication of the report marks the end of the Southport Group so it is now up to organisations and the many skilled and committed practitioners in the sector raise the profile and standards of the profession by adopting the recommendations and products into their working methods”.

The report launch also marks the opening of the 2011 CBA Festival of British Archaeology. This annual event, coordinated by the educational charity the Council for British Archaeology, presents everyone with the opportunity to learn about their local heritage, to see archaeology in action, and to get involved. Over 700 events are involved during the period from 16th to 31st July with full details available on the CBA Festival web site at

For more information, please see the Southport page.

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