FAME is participating in a new project to assess the extent and usage of undeposited archaeological archives across the UK.

Evaluating the archaeological resource in store – informing the future is a project commissioned by English Heritage and the Society of Museum Archaeologists to explore a range of issues relating to archaeological archives. It aims to gather information both on the current situation and on the future of collection, storage and the provision of expertise. Further details of the project can be found here.

Over recent years FAME members have expressed a number of concerns relating to archaeological archives, especially the growing problem of completed archives that cannot be deposited. FAME has therefore given its support to the project, and has agreed to gather information on the quantity and nature of archives held by archaeological practices that are completed but cannot be deposited because there is no store or museum able or willing to accept them.

We are extending the survey to all archaeological practices in England, Scotland and Wales, and urge you to participate, so that we can build up the fullest and most accurate possible picture of the present situation across the UK. Only by gathering this information can we make a robust case for improved provision in the future.

You can complete the survey by clicking here. If you wish to preview the survey and complete it at a later date, close the page afterwards rather than clicking the ‘done’ button (as clicking this will submit your response).

All respondents will be entered into a prize draw for an Amazon Gift Voucher.

The closing date for responses is 31 March.