Policies

Here you will find links to our policy documents that explain our position on a number of key heritage issues.

Human beings are innately curious and archaeology informs us of a past that transcends historical records, helping us to understand and shape the future. Rescue, The British Archaeological Trust is a non-political organization dedicated to supporting archaeology and archaeologists at home and abroad. We receive no state support and our income is derived solely from our members’ subscriptions and our charitable activities. Our commitments for the future are summarised in this policy document.


Rescue have published an eighth version of Fighting Back – our  suggestions as to how to campaign to save our museums, archaeological services and the historic environment.

These notes are intended to provide guidance for campaigners seeking to protect and preserve local and regional archaeological and heritage services and museums from cuts which will damage the service they deliver to the profession, to academia and to the public at large.  They are also relevant to campaigns to protect and preserve specific buildings, sites and landscapes from destruction or destructive redevelopment.  They are based on the experience of members of the committee of RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust and on advice we have received from other campaigners.


The Code of Conduct and Ethics for Rescue: The British Archaeological Trust is a set of fundamental principles, operational principles, and standards to guide the actions and management of the Trust. The Code was formulated by the Rescue Council in 2019. The Code of Conduct and Ethics for Rescue is designed to ensure the Trust is working for the protection of UK archaeology, and its benefit for society as a whole.

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