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HS2 and Project Bank Accounts

HS2 Ltd has announced it will approve the use of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) across key contracts on Phase One. PBAs are when payments are made out of one pot and do not have to cascade through multiple tiers of contractors. On time payments is an issue that FAME has been helping to tackle for […]

Letter from Archaeology to the UK Prime Minister

FAME and many of the leading archaeology bodies have written to the Prime Minister about upcoming changes to the planning system. You can download and read the full letter here: 2020-07-17 – CIfA CBA FAME ALGAO Rescue THA SAL letter to Boris Johnson Dear Prime Minister, ARCHAEOLOGY’S CONTRIBUTION TO CONSTRUCTION-LED RECOVERY We welcome the announcement […]

Archaeology Industry Working Group Statement on COVID-19 Working

The following statement has been put out by the Industry Working Group. Please find the full signed version as a document to download at the end   4 May 2020 Statement on Promoting a Safe Working Environment on Construction Sites during the COVID-19 Pandemic The Industry Working Group is determined to ensure that archaeological work […]

Mineral Extraction and Archaeology – Advice Updated

In 2008, the Minerals and Historic Environment Forum (MHEF) and Historic England produced a Practice Guide  ‘Minerals Extraction and Archaeology: A Practice Guide’ to help those working in the mineral extraction sector. This as now been updated and is now the Mineral Extraction and Archaeology: Advice Note. It is written for use by all those […]

Archaeology on the Shortage Occupation List: Omission Clarification

FAME, CIfA and CBA all respond to a consultation on what should be included in the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and were pleased when archaeology jobs were recommended for inclusion. However, when the SOL was updated in October archaeology jobs were not included. Our organisations planned to write to the Home Office regarding this. However, […]

Trial Pitting Questionnaire – Responses by 31st October

FAME have been in discussions with AGS – the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists – and we consider that a mutual understanding regarding trial pitting for construction and archaeology / cultural heritage would be very useful to both sets of members.  AGS have asked us to circulate this letter and questionnaire which has been […]

HS2 Meeting – Input required

Dear Members, Ros Seal from HS2 spoke at the FAME Forum in June 2019, and she asked FAME to bring any issues that members were having working on HS2 to her attention. Tim Malim and I will be meeting with Ros and other HS2 representatives, so please send details of anything you would like us […]

Historic England: Call for input on CPD courses

Please see the follow call for input from Historic England on training: Historic England is inviting views from sector colleagues on the sort of training that you would like us to deliver. Our corporate plan demonstrates our commitment to developing the skills and knowledge of the heritage sector. Our Training Strategy provides further detail on […]

The Future of ScARF

The the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is looking to plan for the future development of the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). To accomplish this they have launched a survey. The survey covers the national framework and emerging regional frameworks: Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland; RARFA; SESARF, HighARF, SIRFA, and PKARF.  If you […]

Archaeology Recommended to be Added to the Shortage Occupation List

FAME is proud to report that the Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that archaeology jobs be included on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) based upon the evidence we provided, in cooperation with CBA and CIfA. You can read our full response here. The Migration Advisory Committee recommendation is: “We recommend including archaeologists within SOC code […]

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