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Archaeological Archives

Archaeological archives are frequently being held in temporary storage because too few museums or local authority stores have space, curators or requirement to accept them. FAME are working with our partners across the heritage sector to help solve the problem.

FAME undertook an extensive survey in 2012 of the problem for long-term storage of archives, and found there were 9000 homeless archives that had not been accepted by a museum or other repository. The artefacts, analysis and records undertaken in order to comply with a condition of planning permission, are frequently being held in temporary storage indefinitely by commercial archaeological organizations because too few museums or local authority stores have space, curators or requirement to accept these archaeological archives. Since 2012 the problem has become worse resulting in the potential value of archaeological archives being denied to the nation.

FAME are working with our partners across the heritage sector to help solve the archives problem.

  • With Historic England we are looking for long term solutions to archive capacity;
  • With the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers we are discussing how to ensure archive issues are dealt with up-front during pre-planning application discussions, and how conditions can be better drafted to ensure deposition occurs;
  • With the Society for Museum Archaeologists we are investigating how transfer of title can be simplified.

News and Updates on Archives

Case studies in  the use of, and engagement with, archaeological collections

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 ...
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FAME consultation responses to depositing archaeological assemblages in Scotland

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 ...
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New Online Access to the Index of Investigations Workshops

New Online Access to the Index of Investigations Workshops

Historic England have commissioned MSDS Marine (FAME member) and Ashtree Heritage to provide support workshops for the rollout of the ...
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Archaeology, access and digital data

Archaeology, access and digital data

Two weeks ago we delivered a digital workshop -  Archaeology, access and digital data. The workshop brought together teams working ...
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Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives

Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives

The Arts Council England (ACE) and Historic England (HE) have jointly funded an assessment of strategic options for the ongoing issue ...
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FAME Webinar 3: Handling Physical Archives in Your Project

We have just completed our third webinar. Here are the videos of the presentations, please share them with colleagues, on ...
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Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives – update

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 ...
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Options for Sustainable Archaeological Archives

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 ...
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A New OASIS

A New OASIS

OASIS (https://oasis.ac.uk/) is a data capture form through which archaeological and heritage practitioners can provide information about their investigations to ...
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