Year: 2021

Rescue Says: UNESCO has severely criticised the UK Government for its treatment of the World Heritage Site of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City

This comes in a report published ahead of a UNESCO meeting next week. The Liverpool site was given World Heritage Site status in 2004, but since then and particularly from around 2012 when it was officially placed on the “In Danger” list (detailed in Rescue News 114 &115), the report catalogues a series of fundamental …

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RESCUE says: Shocking news from Sheffield University as the administrators ignore widespread support for the Archaeology Department

So the world-renowned archaeology department of Sheffield University is to close. The final decision, by the University’s Council, was apparently conveyed by the Vice Chancellor to the archaeology staff at an online meeting of under 15 minutes at which attendees were muted. Was it feared that such a decision could not stand up under rigorous …

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Rescue write to Sheffield University Vice Chancellor concerning proposed cuts to archaeology department

Rescue have written to express our concern regarding reported proposals which threaten closure of Sheffield University’s Archaeology Department. We have added our voice to letters from across the profession which have opposed these damaging and short-sighted proposals. “Our members are astonished and appalled that this department, whose long-standing reputation for excellence and training of some …

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The Queen’s Speech: “Laws to modernise the planning system, so that more homes can be built, will be brought forward” re-iterates the fallacy that the planning process is the major impediment to the rate of housebuilding.

Archaeologists and others involved with protecting and improving the environment, both historic and natural, remain concerned about key aspects of the proposals to change the planning system. We note in the background document to the Queen’s Speech – published here (pages 61-2) that there is a continuing emphasis on the need for speed, “a simpler, …

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