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Merger of Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors with Institute for Archaeologists

Following a general meeting on 7 May 2011, members of the Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors (AAI&S) voted to dissolve the Association and transfer its assets and liabilities to the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA).

Former members of the Association have been afforded IfA membership, but to complete the process are required formally to subscribe to IfA’s Code of conduct. IfA has

  • offered Member (MIfA) status to Fellows, Hon Fellows and those with MAAIS accreditation
  • offered Practitioner (PIfA) status to those with Licentiate accreditation
  • provided a simple form to allow Licentiate applicants for Associate (AIfA) status to express their competence, and asked its Illustration and Survey Special Interest Group to set up assessment panels with appropriate IfA representation
  • offered Practitioner (PIfA) status to those with Licentiate Graduate accreditation

The process of transfer is under way: it is intended that the handover period will conclude on 31 October, at which point AAI&S’s bank account will be closed.

Gerry Wait, Hon Chair of IfA, said:

AAI&S has made a great contribution to professional archaeology through setting competence standards for archaeological illustration, providing publications and providing conference opportunities for CPD and networking. IfA is committed to building on this work, and I believe that by integrating it into IfA’s structure and programme that we can raise the profile of visualisation in and beyond the archaeological profession.”

Drew Smith, former Chair of AAI&S, said

The Association and IfA have jointly supported an Illustration and Survey Special Interest Group. At its meeting on 30 July committee members of the Group, many of whom were AII&S Council members, set out an ambitious programme to continue the work of the Association, including training needs, copyright issues and encouraging the highest professional standards.

I believe that with IfA’s financial and staff resources we can provide a comprehensive package of services for those involved in creating graphic images for the heritage sector.”

Rob Read, Chair of the Special Interest Group, said

The Special Interest Group is already at work shaping the future of archaeological illustration and survey within IfA and welcomes AAI&S members who bring with them a vast amount of experience, interest and enthusiasm to developing the professional status of these specialisms. We need all specialist practitioners to be part of the process and it would be a great shame for former Association members to miss out at this important moment in the evolution of our discipline. I urge all former members of the Association to return the paperwork required and help us build on the success of the Association over the past thirty years.”

From now on the contact address for information is

University of Reading,
PO Box 227,

0118 378 6446

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446