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5 year review of the Scottish Archaeology Strategy

The Scottish Archaeology Strategy– which was the first national Archaeology Strategy in Europe when it launched in 2015 – aims to make archaeology matter for everyone in Scotland. Key areas are; delivering archaeology, enhancing understanding, caring and protecting, encouraging greater engagement and championing innovation and skills. Scotland’s Strategic Archaeology Committee (SSAC), which is made up […]

Historic England Kickstart Programme

Historic England’s Gateway application has been successful with its first 100 placements to be recruited over the next 11 months. Placements go live from April. Kickstart Scheme Background In the middle part of 2020, the government launched its new Kickstart scheme, aimed at providing six month paid work placements specifically for 16-24-year-olds who are claiming […]

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 […]

FAME’s response to permitted development consultation

FAME responded to the recent consultation on a proposed new permitted development right for the change of use from Commercial, Business and Service use to residential in England. You can find our answers to consultation questions below: Q1 Do you agree that there should be no size limit on the buildings that could benefit from […]

Heritage Apprenticeships Update (England)

Historic England has put out an update on the current developments in heritage apprenticeships in England. Of particular use to FAME members considering running a apprenticeship(s) is a list of current providers and their offerings. Download the update here: Heritage Apprenticeships Update Feb 2021

Meet the Contractor 2020 videos

HS2’s recent annual virtual ‘Meet the Contractor’ event offered potential suppliers the opportunity to learn about the HS2 project and thier supply chain. All 24 of the sessions can now be found on a YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQHXGU97P0FIjU75odCf7WI5yBXaq1Nxv

Important Changes to Kickstart Scheme

From 3 February 2021, employers will be able to apply to the Kickstart Scheme, in the UK (for our Irish members see the similar Youth Employment Support Scheme), without a minimum threshold of 30 jobs. Furthermore, the government is closing applications for new gateways this week, but businesses can still sign up an existing gateway. […]

COVID security to retain construction’s ‘essential’ status

Dear FAME members, As you will be aware the various government authorities that we operate in have issued guidance on construction work during the most recently imposed restrictions: England – the recent (11January 2021) letter from the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP Secretary of State at BEIS confirming the construction sector’s continuing ‘essential’ role: “firms […]

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