7 March 2013
The Dickens Room, Birmingham and Midland Institute
Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS
In the past year the Society of Museum Archaeologists, with support from English Heritage and FAME, have been gathering information on archaeological archive material and museums in England. The results are intended to lead to a greater understanding of gaps in the distribution of archaeological expertise in museums, areas where archaeological project archives are currently not being collected by museums, the significance of archaeological collections in museums and the quantities of project archive material that contractors cannot transfer to appropriate repositories.
All that information has been put together in a report by Rachel Edwards entitled ‘Archaeological Archives and Museums, 2012’.
The report contains a number of recommendations that will be put to the archaeological community at an open meeting, hosted by the Archaeological Archives Forum and supported by English Heritage, in Birmingham on the 7 March.
The aim of the meeting is to attract all archaeologists to debate the recommendations and perhaps determine ways forward. It is important therefore that this meeting is well attended by people from planning authorities, contracting organisations, consultancies and museums, so that a wide range of views and perspectives can be represented.
Further details on how to attend this meeting can be found here.