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Women in Archaeology 2014

Archaeology is steadily becoming a more female profession.  In 2012-13, 46% of archaeologists in the UK were women; fifteen years before, only 35% were. The majority of archaeologists aged under 40 are now women, most students studying archaeology are female and it is expected that in the next ten years women will make up the […]

The future of local government archaeology services: call for written evidence

In response to issues raised by representatives of the archaeological sector at an event organised by the Archaeology Forum in October 2013, the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, initiated a review to be undertaken by Lord Redesdale and John Howell MP into the future of local government archaeological services. These […]

FAME Forum 2014: John Eynon on BIM

We’re delighted to announce that John Eynon has agreed to speak on Building Information Modelling at this year’s FAME Forum. John is the Director of Open Water Consulting, author of the Design Manager’s Handbook, a CIOB Ambassador and a leading expert on BIM. This year’s forum, on design and value, will take place on Friday, […]

Proposed cuts to services in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council is consulting on a proposed funding cut of 44% by 2016 to its highly-acclaimed Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. We have written to the council expressing our concerns about the proposals. The text of the letter is here.

FAME News 14: Christmas 2013

The increased rate of economic recovery is, I hope, leading to improved opportunities for our members and for employment within archaeology. As usual we are operating in an environment full of change, and there are many threats to the heritage sector which will undoubtedly impact on us all.

Proposed cuts to services in Tyne and Wear

Gateshead Council is consulting on proposals to cut by 50% its funding for the joint Tyne and Wear Specialist Conservation Team. It is not yet known what the impact will be on archaeology, treatment but we have written to the Council to express our concerns at its potential impact on the service and its clients. […]

Archaeology Labour Market Intelligence: Profiling the Profession 2012-13

The fourth survey of labour market intelligence for the archaeological profession has been published. Archaeology Labour Market Intelligence: Profiling the Profession 2012-13 repeats surveys previously carried out in 1997-98, 2002-3 and 2007-8, to compile a time-series dataset allowing trends to be identified with increasing confidence. The previous survey was carried out in 2007-8, immediately before […]

Archaeological market shows modest growth

The latest State of the Archaeological Market survey shows that the development-led archaeological sector grew modestly in the nine months to December 2012. The survey, carried out by Landward Research on behalf of FAME and the IfA, was undertaken alongside the forthcoming Profiling the Profession survey, which suggests that the overall size of the archaeological […]

Merseyside HER – new access fees

Despite representations from FAME and other heritage bodies, Merseyside Archaeological Service was closed in March 2011. National Museums Liverpool has now announced that access to the Merseyside HER is to be made available for public consultation, at a fee of £500 per day, with a minimum fee of £250. FAME members have expressed their concern […]

FAME News 13: Summer 2013

As incoming Chair my first newsletter must include a big thank you for the contribution Gary Brown has made over the past two years to further developing the activities of FAME. FAME News 13 Summer 2013

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