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Rescue AGM and Open Meeting on Saturday 13th April 2019

Our annual general meeting will he held in Room 612 at UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London at 12 noon on Saturday 13 April.
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Open Meeting: Metal Detecting, Practice and Policy

We will welcome Keith Westcott to our Open Meeting (also in Room 612 at UCL Institute of Archaeology, at 2pm) to present his plans for an Institute of Detectorists. This will be followed by short presentations and a discussion
about Rescue’s policy on metal detecting in relation to the proposed new Institute. Rescue recognises that metal detecting can be an emotive […]

2019-03-21T21:12:01+00:007 March, 2019|Comments Off on Rescue AGM and Open Meeting on Saturday 13th April 2019

Engaging with Policy in the UK: a report from our joint conference with AHRC Heritage

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust organised a one day conference on ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts’ on Saturday the 27th October at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology.  This was one of a series of activities undertaken to draw together academics, civil servants, private and professional bodies, and civil society organisations to address challenges and uncertainty from changing policies.  The aim was to connect researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in the arts, culture, heritage and the natural/historic environment around key areas of shared concern.

The event […]

2019-03-05T20:50:55+00:0028 February, 2019|0 Comments

RESCUE says: Proposed changes to ‘Treasure’ rules include some of our policy proposals

The long anticipated new review of the Treasure Act is out for consultation until the end of April 2019.  It covers various aspects of the procedure in the Treasure Act Code of Practice (last updated 2007) to improve delivery speeds. It removes the overlap between Church of England and Treasure laws (in favour of the CoE, not necessarily the best solution although maybe the simplest) in relation to burials in consecrated ground, an anomaly noted for resolution in discussions about the bill in 1996.

As before (in 2002) it suggests extensions to the original Treasure definition, this time to include:

2019-02-25T21:07:31+00:0025 February, 2019|Tags: |0 Comments

Rescue statement on respect

Archaeology and heritage are very powerful parts of society, and have a strong influence on people’s identity, values and judgement. There are many contested and disputed areas of archaeology, which RESCUE believes should be openly and transparently discussed and debated. 

RESCUE welcomes these discussions online and occasionally highlights topics that continue to be unresolved and heavily disputed. During these dialogues, it is asked that those posting refrain from harassment, intimidation or threat when these discussions are taking place within our platforms. RESCUE’s policy statements outline what we as a registered charity support and campaign towards.

Any other areas which are discussed […]

2019-01-15T20:36:14+00:0015 January, 2019|0 Comments

Stonehenge latest: Have your say by registering on the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate by the 11th January 2019

Highways England’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the A303 Stonehenge scheme has been accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate. All 300+ of the application documents are up on the Inspectorate’s website (at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-west/a303-stonehenge/) which also explains the DCO Examination process. Click on a button on their Home page for email updates on the scheme’s progress.

The road widening project includes a short (c.3km) twin-bored tunnel south of the henge, to each side of which there would be new 4-lane highways, largely in deep cuttings and well within the World Heritage Site (WHS). A massive flyover is proposed […]

2019-02-25T21:15:46+00:0016 December, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts – review of Rescue’s conference

On 27th October over 100 delegates filled the lecture room at the Institute of Archaeology to take part in a day conference hosted jointly by Rescue and the Arts and Humanities Research Council entitled ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK’.

Following a welcome and introduction from the organiser and Rescue secretary Hana Morel, Lord Renfrew delivered a key-note lecture that provided the historical background to the legislative and policy context and outlined the issues and challenges that we face. Not least of these is the risk of loss of heritage protection during the Brexit process, not as a […]

2018-12-13T18:00:11+00:0013 December, 2018|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Celebrating 40 years of campaigning – Rescue Archaeology: Foundations for the Future

Rescue Archaeology - Foundations for the FutureRescue’s latest book was produced to celebrate 40 years of campaigning – Rescue Archaeology: Foundations for the Future. This publication assesses the current frameworks within which archaeology is practised in Britain in 22 chapters written by currently practising archaeologists. This 320 page A5 paperback with colour illustrations is now available at £29 for non-members and £22 for RESCUE members, plus £2.95 postage and packing.

Click here to buy now

2018-12-13T18:15:37+00:0013 November, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Conference: Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust are organising a one day conference on ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts’ on Saturday the 27th October at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. 

This is one of a series of activities we are undertaking to draw together academics, civil servants, private and professional bodies, and civil society organisations to address challenges and uncertainty from changing policies.  We hope to connect researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in the arts, culture, heritage and the natural/historic environment around key areas of shared concern.

The event is timely.  […]

2018-12-13T18:02:04+00:0013 October, 2018|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rescue Policy for the future

Rescue Council felt that it would be helpful to put together our policy on key issues relating to archaeology and the historic environment. We hope that this will clarify where we stand and provide a basis for future actions. The document begins with a summary of our commitments, cross-referenced to the relevant sections of the full set of policies.

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