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 services have traditionally played a key role in the identification, protection, conservation and investigation of England’s rich archaeological heritage – including sites of undisputed international or national importance. In addition they also provide the backdrop for the nation’s long tradition of public involvement with archaeology.

 The review wishes to identify sustainable ways of improving or maintaining the provision of these services, recognising that government funding is unlikely to be increased in the short or medium term. 

Rescue have responded to the review, reiterating our views on the urgency of making such services and the Historic Environment Records which underpin their provision of archaeological advice a statutory responsibility of local authorities. Rescue strongly believes that archaeological advice must be, and must be seen to be, impartial and seated within the public sector.

Our full response is below, and can be downloaded here.

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 The Future of Local Government Archaeology Services

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