Year: 2014

Rescue Archaeology: Foundations for the future

​RESCUE is producing a book, due for publication in early 2015, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organisation. RESCUE Archaeology: Foundations for the future will contain papers written by invited contributors which will review the diverse and dynamic field that constitutes archaeology in 21st century Britain. To find a suitable picture for the cover …

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Congratulations to Trefonen Rural Protection Group

RESCUE has been told by Trefonen Rural Protection Group that the application to build new houses close to the line of Offa’s Dyke has been rejected by Shropshire County Council’s Planning Committee following their energetic campaign. The local campaign, supported by RESCUE, also resulted in English Heritage extending the scheduled area of the Dyke in …

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Rescue oppose possible closure of Harrow Museum

Rescue have recently learnt of the proposed closure of Harrow Museum, as the latest round of local authority cuts hits heritage and culture hard. We have written to Harrow Council asking that they reconsider such a closure. Rescue argue that a decision to close the museum remains shortsighted given extensive investment in this asset, including …

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Stonehenge Tunnel Surfaces Again: Rescue reacts

Update 13/12/2014: An article by Kate Fielden of The Stonehenge Alliance has appeared in The Ecologist, available here. Update 24/10/2014: The Secretary of State has responsded to the Stonehenge Alliance. Read the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin’s response here.  The Stonehenge Alliance replied to Patrick McLoughlin’s letter on the 28th October; you can read their reply here. …

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Offa’s Dyke damage: Rescue react

Rescue have been appalled to learn that North Wales Police have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute after a significant proportion of Offa’s Dyke was bulldozed in August 2013, between Chirk and Llangollen. Taking a broader perspective on the destruction of this earthwork, Rescue notes that, in a recent addition to the Welsh  Heritage …

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Rescue write to oppose closure of Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Aberdare

RESCUE, The British Archaeological Trust, have recently written to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to express concern over the decision to close Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Aberdare, in the face of overwhelming public support for it remaining open. That there is evidence for significant support against the proposed closure of the museum shows …

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English Heritage – where next? Rescue’s AGM & Open Meeting – This Saturday

Rescue’s AGM, followed by our Open Meeting will be held on Saturday 26th April at Surrey History Centre, Woking from 12PM. Further details, including directions, are available here.  All welcome, admission free. After our AGM, Dr. Steve Trow, English Heritage, will speak at our Open Meeting from 1.30PM English Heritage: where next? (The progress and present …

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Rescue: Fighting Back against cuts to heritage

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Rescue HQ as the newest wave of cuts hits archaeology services across the country. We regularly write letters to universities, local authorities and local and national heritage organisations outlining the importance of heritage as a non-renewable resource; swinging cuts that cause irreversible damage cannot be undone, and are …

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Review of Local Authority Archaeology Services: Rescue Respond

In response to issues raised by representatives of the archaeological sector at an event organised by the Archaeology Forum in October 2013, the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, initiated a review to be undertaken by Lord Redesdale and John Howell MP into the future of local government archaeological services.  These …

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