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Case studies in the use of, and engagement with, archaeological collections

We would like to draw your attention to a series of case studies has been compiled and published by the Society of Museum Archaeologists on the wide range of use and engagement activities that archaeological collections are used to deliver. As highlighted in our webinars with SMA (recorded so you can watch them), the results […]

FAME consultation responses to depositing archaeological assemblages in Scotland

FAME, in consultation with its members working in Scottish archaeology, submitted the following responses to two consultations last week: Consultation 1 – Implementing a museum processing fee for archaeological assemblages in Scotland This report is a feasibility study only at this stage, with recommendations for how to go about establishing the costs of any such […]

New Online Access to the Index of Investigations Workshops

Historic England have commissioned MSDS Marine (FAME member) and Ashtree Heritage to provide support workshops for the rollout of the New Online Access to the Index of Investigations (OASIS) system created by the Archaeology Data Service. The workshops will provide training and support to the whole sector to promote the new system and provide training […]

Archaeology, access and digital data

Two weeks ago we delivered a digital workshop –  Archaeology, access and digital data. The workshop brought together teams working on two HE-funded projects: Dig Digital, creating guidance for everyday archaeological data management and training workshops designed to support the rollout of the new OASIS to help create a self-sustaining support community. With new tools, […]

Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives

The Arts Council England (ACE) and Historic England (HE) have jointly funded an assessment of strategic options for the ongoing issue of storing archaeological archives. The Project Team have had a lot of input so far from across the heritage sector, but have realised there are still one gap in knowledge around the question of accrual […]

FAME Webinar 3: Handling Physical Archives in Your Project

We have just completed our third webinar. Here are the videos of the presentations, please share them with colleagues, on social media, etc. All videos are captioned so if you need to you can turn that on – lower right corner of the video on Youtube if viewing on desktop – button labeled CC. An […]

Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives – update

The Arts Council England and Historic England funded project, Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives, is currently seeking input from archaeologists from across to sector, to help build an up-to-date picture of archaeological archives. There are two ways you can help the project – if you have not already done so… An organisational survey aims to fill in […]

Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives

There is a new project jointly funded by Arts Council England and Historic England, to assess strategic options for the ongoing issue of storing archaeological archives. The options appraisal will review existing and future capacity for archaeological archives within England, considering a full range of archive solutions and evaluate their potential to meet the needs […]

A New OASIS

OASIS (https://oasis.ac.uk/) is a data capture form through which archaeological and heritage practitioners can provide information about their investigations to local Historic Environment Records (HERs) and respective National Heritage Bodies. As well as being an information-gathering medium, the OASIS records also allow the practitioner/contractor to upload reports for the HERs to access and for release […]

FAME position statement on archaeological archives

FAME undertook an extensive survey in 2012 of the problem for long-term storage of archives, and found there were 9000 homeless archives that had not been accepted by a museum or other repository (the report is available here). Since 2012 the problem has become worse, resulting in the potential value of archaeological archives being denied […]

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