Archaeological Archives Group


CIfA Council approved the formation of a Special Interest Group for Archaeological Archives, and the AGM was held on 6 March 2012.


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 yearly £10 fee.



Samantha Paul (Chair)
Theodora Anastasiadou (Secretary)
Katie Green (Treasurer)

Steve Baker (Ordinary committee member)
Deborah Fox (Ordinary committee member)
Zoe Hazell (Ordinary committee member)
David Ingham (Events) (Ordinary committee member)
Stephen Reed (Ordinary committee member)
Hazel O'Neill (Ordinary committee member)

Please email images, events, good news, articles and links to archaeologicalarchives [at]

Specialist competence matrix

We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.

Gloucestershire Archaeological Archive Standards - January 2017

Gloucestershire Archaeological Archive Standards Version 1 January 2017

The Gloucestershire Archaeological Archive Standards set out the recommended standards and policy for all Archaeological Archives created from projects undertaken in the county of Gloucestershire. Read more about the purpose of the document here.

Gloucestershire website

Future events

Selection strategies for archaeological archives: Making archaeological archives sustainable on 20 March 2019 at the BMI in Birmingham. Book here

Previous Events

  • Working collaboratively with Archaeological Archives day conference and AGM To read the abstracts and papers click here
    The AAG AGM event was held on Wednesday 14 March at the BMI in Birmingham.
    Read the conference abstracts

  • AGM event: Are Archaeological Archives relevant? Wednesday 22 March 2017
    To read more about the presentations and discussion at the Are Archaeological Archives relevant? AGM event please click here To read A 19070s rescue Dig at Newnham - abstract please click here

  • AGM event: Selection, de-selection and rationalisation day conference in March 2016
    To read more about the presentations and discussion at the Selection, de-selection and rationalisation day conference in March 2016 please click here

  • SMA held their 2015 conference at the Great North Museum, Hancock, on 11 – 12 November.

  • It’s not just about box sizes: Alternative archives in archaeological practice

  • Plenary event for good practice in archaeological archives workshops - This one day event gave an overview of the reason why the project started, how it was created, the findings from the staged evaluations and looked at the resources needed within the sector for the future.

  • Good practice in archaeological archives workshops - The Archives Group have carried out a series of successful regional workshops designed to promote good practice in working with archaeological archives, to provide hands-on experience and encourage participants to engage with archive issues by considering new perspectives.

  • Regional Archive Workshops

  • 2014 AGM and Collecting Archaeology event
    A workshop on a European Standard for Archaeological Archives took place, which included a discussion about the ARCHES documentation

Business plan

Three year Business Plan 17-20

AGM Minutes

AGM minutes 22 March 2017

AGM Minutes - 16 March 2016

AGM minutes - 25 March 2015

Committee Minutes

minutes 17 January 2018

Minutes 27 September 2017

Minutes 24 May 2017

Minutes 5 October 2016

Minutes 13 January 2016


November 2015

June 2015

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