English Heritage is leading an initiative to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the introduction of  Planning Policy Guidance Note 16, Archaeology and Planning (now replaced by NPPF) which introduced a robust system for development-led archaeology in England. The intention is to hold an event (with an accompanying publication) later in 2015 to explore the achievements and the significant increase in knowledge that has resulted. A further aim is to acknowledge the commitment and support of the development sector. A steering group led by English Heritage, on which FAME is represented, is developing the proposals. It seems likely that FAME members will be approached in due course for possible case studies. Notes of the recent discussions and early thoughts on the content of the accompanying publication can be found in the library in the members’ area under England/English Heritage.

Malcolm Cooper

CEO, Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers