More proposed cuts (as rumoured earlier in the year on the britarch list) ..
The CBA understands that it is proposed (though not yet confirmed) that three members of the current Winchester City Council Archaeology team (part of Winchester Museums Service) will be made redundant. Two are fieldwork personnel (Archaeology Projects Officer, Archaeology Projects Assistant), and other is the team's Documentation Officer, who mainly deals with the curation of archaeological archives.
The main result (but not the only result) of the deletion of these posts will be that Winchester City Council will no longer provide an active fieldwork unit, thus ending a local service supported by the Council dating back to the early 1970's. The remaining Archaeology team will therefore not be able to bid for fieldwork in the Winchester District, and the popular annual Community Archaeology project will not take place. All required archaeological evaluation, excavation and related work will in future be carried out by commercial contracting units.
The loss of three staff members will have knock-on effects on the duties and roles of the remaining team, and possibly on other members of Winchester Museums Service.
CBA understands that the final decision on the proposed redundancies will be taken early in January 2004, and if approved, the affected staff will cease work at the end of March 2004.
Any comments on these proposals should be addressed to the leader of the Council, Cllr Sheila Campbell (email [log in to unmask]).
Dr Mike Heyworth, Deputy Director, Council for British Archaeology
Bowes Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA, UK
tel 01904 671417, fax 01904 671384, web www.britarch.ac.uk
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