The Voice of Commercial Archaeology

FAME Forum 2018

Members and non-member are invited to the annual FAME FORUM, to be held in York on Friday 22nd June at the Merchant Taylors Hall, Aldwark, York Y01 7BX.

The Forum is the annual gathering of FAME members, providing an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the archaeology sector, to make new contacts and share news and ideas. In a world increasingly reliant on collaboration the Forum provides a unique opportunity to senior managers within the profession to take time out and think afresh.

This years theme is Commercial Archaeology -fit for the future? and the focus will be on how new ways of working, new techniques and new technologies address the challenges facing our profession.

The day will bring together speakers and delegates from across the heritage sector, but also more widely from the construction and development industry.

Once again the FAME Forum is supported by the York Archaeological Trust and admission to the Forum provides free entry to the Trusts many visitor attractions, including the newly refurbished Jorvik Viking Centre. For more details see here.

The provisional programme can be seen below.

Tickets for the FAME Forum can now be obtained from EVENTBRITE.

FAME members and partners are entitled to two Free tickets to the Forum. Extra tickets for members are available for £45 and public (non-member) tickets cost £85. Tickets cover lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea.


The day begins with registration and coffee at 9.30

Morning session

9.45 -10.00

Welcome and Introduction

Tim Malim, Chair of FAME

10.00 -10.25, Keynote address -TBC

10.25 -10.50, State of the Archaeology Market –have we reached peak archaeology? Doug Rocks Macqueen, Landward Research

10.50 -11.20 Tea and Coffee/Networking break

11.20-11.45, Selling niche professional services into the construction market: the view from the geotechnical industry Seamus Lefroy-Brooks, Managing Director, LBH Wembley Engineering and the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists

11.45-12.10, Moving forwards together, new developments in collaborative working David Hawkins, Operations Director, Institute of Collaborative Working

12.10 -12.30, Panel Discussion: What are the commercial and market issues we need to be focussing on over the next 12 months?

12.30-13.30 Buffet Lunch

Afternoon Session

13.30-13.55 Lessons Learned –The Lincoln Eastern Bypass Speaker from Network Archaeology TBC

13.55 – 14.20 Innovating in commercial archaeology Neil Holbrook, Chief Executive, Cotswold Archaeology

14.20 – 14.45 Donald Rumsfeld’s guide to archaeology: Making better research choices Sandy Kidd, Principal Archaeologist, Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service

14.45 – 15.10 Changing client’s attitudes to community engagement Gareth Chaffey, Project Manager, Wessex Archaeology

15.10 – 15.30 Panel discussion: How can archaeologists work smarter?

15.30-15.45 Tea and Coffee

The conference will close at 15.45

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