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Grants available to promote the history, society and culture of Iraq


The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) – BISI

Every year, BISI awards Outreach Grants to public engagement projects happening in the UK or Iraq that promote a greater understanding of the history, society and culture of Iraq. Past activities that have received funding through the scheme have ranged from lectures and publications to exhibitions, to the creation of museum teaching resources, visitor signs and arts projects. Applicants can apply for grants up to £1,000.

Landscape Institute survey on the assessment of the environmental effects of light and lighting


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).

New Chair and Board for Historic Environment Scotland (HES)


The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, has announced the first Chair and Board Members for Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Jane Ryder OBE has been appointed to Chair HES and will be joined by nine Board Members. Further details can be found here

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Launch and Annual General Meeting


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:

IfA welcomes publication of Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland


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 Strategy for developing Research Resources


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 reacts to English Planning Guidance


IfA has responded to the beta version of the government planning guidance pointing out omissions and areas for improvement.

For the full text please visit our consultations page

IfA responds to proposals for Scotland's historic environment strategy and structure

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 policy statement updates

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

NPPF and archaeology; a discussion


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.


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