Archaeological Archives Group


The AAG was founded in 2012 following the Southport Report (see, and since then its membership has increased steadily. The group holds an annual day conference tackling a different issue of archiving each year, as well as running ad hoc workshops. So far the four committees have successfully brought together colleagues from across the sector advising on relevant enquiries both on local and national levels.
The committee have also developed the toolkit for selecting archaeological archives alongside other toolkits


The aims of the group are

  • to focus upon issues relating to professional standards, best practice, advocacy and access
  • to promote of awareness of archaeological archives within the profession
  • to represent the interest of those working with archives to CIfA Council and in all CIfA activities
  • to hold seminars and workshops to facilitate the above
  • to establish relationships with other groups associated with archaeological archives

Join the Group

The Group is open to anybody with interests, concerns or involvement with the archive process, and is free to CIfA members. Non-members will need to pay a annual £10 fee.

Twitter: follow Archives group on Twitter
Facebook: like the Archives Group on Facebook
Group Email: please email images, events, good news, articles and links to archaeologicalarchives [at]


Sam Paul (Chair)
Zoe Hazell (Secretary)
Helen Parslow (Treasurer)
Deborah Fox (Advisory Council)
David Ingham (Events)
Hazel O'Neill
Jessica Irwin
Victoria Sands
Kerry Whitehouse

Specialist competence matrix

This specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working with archives.

Future events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

Three-year plan

Archives Group three year plan 2021-2024

AGM minutes

AGM Minutes - 28 September 2022

AGM Minutes - 7 September 2021

AGM Minutes - 17 June 2020

Committee minutes

Minutes 12 May 2022

Minutes 19 January 2022

Minutes 23 September 2021

Minutes 12 May 2021

Minutes 20 January 2021

Minutes 17 June 2020

Minutes 24 January 2020

Minutes 12 September 2019

Minutes 20 June 2019

minutes 16 January 2019