Can anyone tell me of the impact that Biddle et al The Future of London's
Past (1972) had on the management of archaeology in London or other cities? I
know that the Corporation of London have a UDP that recognises London city as the
historic centre of the Capital and requires evaluation of potential
archaeological sites prior to planning application approval. Also that the whole of the
London City area is designated as nationally and internationally important.
However the UDP is primarily a policy document. It doesn't provided a level of
detail similar to that of The Future.
I wish to find publications/information that discuss what happend to theThe
Future after it was released. It was a major piece of research and yet I can
find no follow up references to it. Was it successful? Was it implemented? Were
its methodologies used for other similar studies? Was it relegated to the
archives of the Museum of London?
York, Lincoln and Bath have archaeological plans of management (or research
assessments, they take many different names). I assume that The Future was an
early prototype for these, even though things have changed and they are all
quite different to each other. Do other similar documents exist in the UK that
may be considered tools to manage the archaeology of broadscale urban areas
(city, town etc), particularly in tandem with heritage/planning frameworks?
Any advice/memories on this please?
Nadia Z Iacono
La Trobe University