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FAME Webinars

FAME, with funding from Historic England, will be running a series of webinars throughout the year. These webinars will be focusing on the business, project management and H&S aspects of archaeology.

Accessibility – transcripts and captions will be made available for the presentation aspect of the webinars. Made possible with Historic England funding.

If you can not attend on the date and time we have added a second set of tickets where you can sign up to receive a link to the recorded presentation(s).


Webinar 1: Working with COVID restrictions in Archaeology. A review of the Social Distancing for Archaeology (SoDA) Toolkit – a free and open toolkit to help archaeologists enact social distancing.

Date: 12pm, 30th September


You can see the resources here:


Webinar 2: Collateral Warranties. A webinar on collateral warranties, emphasising that collateral warranties are new contracts with third parties. Participants will be informed about the measures available to mitigate risk and the fundamental importance of limiting liability in such agreements.

Date: 3pm, 7th October



Webinar 3: Physical Archives. A webinar on planning for handling the physical archive aspect of projects.

Date: 12pm, 21st October


An introduction to the museum context and archive creation and issues: the SMART standard; NPPF; Mendoza review; SMA collecting surveys. Gail Boyle (Bristol Museum)
Archaeological Archives: definitions; composition and the requirements of different elements; archive practice from project planning to deposition, including selection and local and national standards. Deborah Fox (Worcester Museum)
Curatorial practice: accessioning, collections care, accessibility. Kat Baxter (Leeds Museum)
Archive use: outreach, exhibition, education, research. Kate Iles (Bristol Museum)
Here are the links to the resources mentioned in the talks. Most can be found at this link –
In a few weeks the SMA will have a conference with several presentations on the topics we discussed during the webinar:
As mentioned during the discussion there will be several presentations on the topics we discussed during the webinar.


Webinar 4: Archaeology, access and digital data: a workshop for managers. The workshop brings 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, resources and training already accessible and others on the way, now is a great time to get to grips with what you and your project teams need to know about digital data management.



Webinar 5: Managing Risk in Archaeology. The basics of how to manage financial risks in archaeology. Client won’t pay, project has fallen through, etc. – the what, why, how, etc. of managing those risks.



Webinar 6: Duty of Care When Providing Services. A webinar considering the important distinction between the ‘duty of care’ required in providing (a) services or (b) goods.  Goods fall under a ‘fit for purpose’ requirement of the Sale of Goods Act. Whereas provision of services falls under a requirement for ‘reasonable skill and care’ under the Supply of Goods and Services Act. These standards are fundamentally different and the webinar will explain why and how consultants giving advice or providing designs should make sure that their contract  gets this right.


Webinar 7: Upskill your heritage workforce in England. Apprenticeships – They’re not just for school leavers! This webinar will take a look at the new suite of apprenticeships that have been designed specifically for working in the historic environment and will discuss how these can be utilised as a cost effective way for employers to up-skill their existing staff and diversify their workforce. We will discuss what a modern apprenticeship in England is, what it costs and how some are already being used in practice.



Webinar 8:Hiring non-UK Staff in Archaeology from 2021 onward – This webinar will cover the change in circumstances, due to Brexit, in organisations ability to hire EU staff. It will review the process and costs associated with becoming a Tier 2 sponsor, which is now required to hire non-UK/Irish staff, as well as the other routes people can take to work/volunteer in UK archaeology.



Webinar 9: Seeing Red – menstrual health and hygiene in the heritage workplace. This webinar will share best practice for handling menstrual health and hygiene on sites, equip staff with the confidence to talk about periods to site management, and for site management to deal appropriately with menstruation on sites.



Webinar 10: The benefits of Consultant and Contractor collaboration – Claire Cogar, Director of Archaeology at Iceni Projects and Guy Hunt, Founding Partner at L-P Archaeology discuss and present effective ways for consultants and contractors to collaborate to ensure the successful delivery of archaeological work on development projects.


Webinar 11: Archaeology and pipeline safety –

There have been a number of incidents around the world involving archaeology works taking place without contact being made with the pipeline operators prior to works beginning. To proactively promote pipeline safety and avoid such instances in the UK we have invited the organisation Line Watch to present on pipeline safety and archaeology. This webinar will cover pipeline safety for archaeological works.

Delivered by Murray Peat of Line Watch



Webinar 12: An introduction to Rebuilding Heritage for FAME members

Rebuilding Heritage is a free support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will build confidence in a time of crisis by supporting individuals and organisations to overcome immediate challenges and plan for a sustainable future.

Join Vanessa to hear all about this new programme from The Heritage Alliance and how it can help your organisation and project. This will be an interactive session – there will be a short presentation (approximately 15 mins) and then you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the support on offer and how to apply.

NOTE- this will not be recorded

Webinar 13: The provision of hygiene bins and disposal of contents on archaeology sites

This webinar will examine the legislation and regulations that cover provision of hygiene bins and disposal of contents. The speaker will mention why the Brilliant Bin system fits that legislation but principally it will be to advise what the range of options are.

Delivered by Susan Hofgartner, of Brilliant Bins, who started work as an accountant and working at board level in various SMEs. Managing finance and administration in these companies, she inevitably got involved in the contracts for the hygiene bins. That convinced her that there must be a better way to deal with this issue. In 2008 she started working on the project and submitted patent applications for the long-life disposable bins, followed by launching them in 2010.



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