Re-imagining Scottish Archaeology: structures, delivery and funding

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Three workshops are taking place in November and December in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow to generate new ideas about the structure, funding and delivery of archaeology in Scotland. These are being organised by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) in partnership with the Federation of Archaelogical Managers & Employers (FAME) and the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) on behalf of Scotland’s Strategic Archaeology Committee (SSAC). The idea for the workshops evolved from the original consultation process for the development of Scotland's Archaeology Strategy in 2015 and has been in the delivery plan for the Strategy since 2017. They are in line with Aim One - Delivering Archaeology and further information can be found on the Scotland's Archaeology Strategy website. 

The topics of discussion that will frame the agenda at each workshop are outlined below. These will be supported by case study presentations. A series of written think pieces are also provided below and will be followed by an online discussion opportunity using Twitter as the platform. These early discussions will be used to help frame the workshop agendas.

Workshop themes (these will be the same for each workshop):

  • Structure: How the sector is organised, managed and legislated
    Topics of discussion: self-regulation, Standard and guidance, licensing, quality management
  • Funding: Procurement and funding models
    Topics of discussion: different funding models, competitive tendering, design competition, models for assessing tenders on quality as well as cost
  • Delivery: Putting public benefit at the heart of what we do
    Topics of discussion: Embedding public/social benefit into WSI’s and PERDS, ensuring we have the right skills

Think pieces

Three think pieces have been produced on the above themes by Kenny Brophy (University of Glasgow), Kirsty Dingwall (Headland Archaeology) and Alan Leslie:

Structure: Delivering Archaeology – “Structure”
Alan Leslie

Funding: Does competitive tendering work?
Kirsty Dingwall, Headland Archaeology

Delivery: Putting public benefit at the heart of what we do
Kenny Brophy, University of Glasgow

Twitter chat

There are two lunchtime Twitter chats taking place on Monday 18 November at 12:30 - 13:30 and on Friday 22 November at 12:30 - 13:30 to discuss the themes and the think pieces ahead of the workshops. A series of questions for discussion will be posed - please join us for one of these sessions and have your say!

The chats are being hosted by CIfA @InstituteArch ( and will use the hashtag #RenewArch so that participants can keep track of the conversation.


Friday 29 November
11:00 - 16:30
Inverness College UHI

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Friday 6 December
10:00 - 16:00
Historic Environment Scotland


Saturday 7 December
10:00 - 16:00
The Albany Learning & Conference Centre

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For further details, please contact Jen Parker Wooding