RESCUE is extremely concerned to learn of the decision by Manchester University to close the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit (GMAU), as detailed in the statement below.
The Unit plays a central and critical role in providing advice to local planning authorities and is responsible for maintaining the Historic Environment Record for Greater Manchester. These roles are fundamental to any system of heritage protection and the decision by the University authorities can only be judged to be irresponsible, coming as it does at a time when heritage protection is under unprecedented pressure from local and national government cuts.
The highly qualified and experienced staff of the GMAU have also played a key role in developing and supporting the innovative and highly effective ‘Dig Manchester’ project (http://
Taken together with the current uncertainty over the future of the Merseyside Archaeological Advisory Service, this decision means that a large area of north-western England is in imminent danger of being left without effective protection for its archaeological and built heritage. This is not an acceptable state of affairs even given the current difficult economic situation.
For further information please contact Chris Findley, Planning Lead, AGMA;
Tel: 0161 7933617