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Expression of Interest: Project to develop and implement strategic improvements in the practice of archaeological field evaluation in England

CIfA, working with FAME and funded by Historic England will be undertaking a project to develop and implement strategic improvements in the practice of archaeological field evaluation in England by working with stakeholders to develop and document a shared understanding of current evaluation practice, constraints and goals in the context of the NPPF determining which […]

Notice of 2020 AGM

The 2020 FAME was meant to take place in June of this year but was postponed because of COVID. However, the situation has not improved enough for us to have our AGM in York with the current social distancing rules in place and according to statues it needs to occur this month. As such, we […]

Self-isolating after returning to the UK and employment

Yesterday, the Government released new guidance on quarantining and Employment Rights for England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/self-isolating-after-returning-to-the-uk-your-employment-rights The other home nations have their own guidance: Wales: https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ (updated August 24th) Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice Broadly they all require 14 days of quarantine if coming back from a country not on the approved list. Work can undertaken from […]

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 […]

Development-Led Archaeology in Scotland and Covid-19

A new publication supported by FAME / ALGAO members in Scotland has been published, Development-led Archaeology in Scotland and Covid-19. This publication has brought together contributors from across Scotland, involved in both the commercial and curatorial sides of development-led archaeology to show the sector’s resilience in the face of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Impact of Covid-19 on Local Authority Archaeology Services

A rapid survey of ALGAO:UK members on how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their work has been published. We are grateful to our colleagues in local authorities who have managed to maintain their planning advice, and supply of historic environment record data, during the Covid crisis. This has facilitated the work of our members, and […]

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