Following a successful Landscape Institute Midland Branch (LIM) CPD event held in Birmingham last month, a short survey on the Assessment of the Environmental Effects of Light and Lighting has been produced to help determine the scope of new interdisciplinary UK guidance relating to various aspects of the subject (e.g. ecology, landscape, heritage, glint/glare, energy, shadow flicker, health and wellbeing).
On the 9 December 2014, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) will officially launch at the Museum of London. All members will be invited to celebrate the occasion as well as discuss the future of CIfA and what chartered status means to the sector.
CIfA will also be holding its Annual General Meeting at the launch and are inviting accredited corporate members to stand for election to the Board of Directors or the Advisory Council for the Chartered Institute. We are looking for nominations to the following positions:
On 4 March Scottish Government published Our Place in Time - The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland. The strategy, which is welcomed by IfA in letters a foot tall on the inside front cover, sets out a direction and vision, and the ways in which Scotland’s historic environment will be managed to deliver real and increasing benefits to Scotland’s people. The development of the strategy was a collaborative exercise by many players in the Scottish heritage world, and so will its implementation be.
English Heritage has developed a Strategy for developing Research Resources as part of our capacity-building activities which is set out in the essential Supporting Actions of the National Heritage Protection Plan. It also draws on the recommendations of the Southport Group report (2011). It is hoped that the strategy will help coordinate and guide the development of a new generation of Research Frameworks and develop a prioritisation process for future Reference Resources.
IfA welcomes and strongly supports the publication of an ‘overarching strategy for the protection and promotion of the historic environment’ in Scotland (Ministerial Statement, page 4). The Institute endorses the aim to provide ‘ambition and direction for Scotland’s historic environment’ (Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland, Ministerial Statement, page 4) and recognises the importance of obtaining the sector’s ‘buy in’. Nevertheless, it is important that the strategy is a Government strategy and one of its strengths should be that it operates across Government.
IfA has recently updated our Policy statements to include the use of training posts on archaeological projects. Other statements have also been amended in line with new Standards and guidance and amendments to the Code of conduct.
We recommend all IfA members and Registered Organisations have a look through the updated document and make it available to colleagues.
The document, which can be found here, includes the following Policy Statements
Joe Flatman and Dominic Perring (both Members of IfA) have recently published their paper The National Planning Policy Framework and Archaeology: A Discussion. The paper is the starting point for the latest edition of Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA) which provides an insightful and informative exploration of the English planning framework, with responses from a range of organisations (RESCUE, CBA) and individuals representing the diverse heritage sector - including IfA Chief Executive Peter Hinton.
Council has reaffirmed IfA's vital role in improving and maintaining standards of archaeological work, and in enhancing the status of archaeologists. Council believes that inadequate pay and conditions undermine its work on both these objectives, and while the enhancement of remuneration packages is the core responsibility of trade unions, staff associations and employer bodies, IfA must continue to play its legitimate role, seeking wherever possible to encourage active engagement with the issues by other bodies.