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CBA Press Release: "Meet the Ancestors - If You Can Find Them!"

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Council for British Archaeology/Young Archaeologists's Club

PRESS RELEASE
15th February 2001

MEET THE ANCESTORS - IF YOU CAN FIND THEM!
Council for British Archaeology Calls for End to Cuts in Local Government
Archaeology

Community access to the past is threatened with a further body blow if
Southampton City Council implements proposals to close its archaeological
museum and cut their highly respected Community Archaeology Service and
Community Culture Unit. These proposals also threaten the closure of the
thriving and successful Southampton branch of the Council for British
Archaeology's Young Archaeologists Club, which has been run through the
Community Archaeology Service for over five years.  The future of
Southampton's community archaeology and history services still weighs in the
balance and will be decided at a Council Meeting on 21st February.

The threat is part of a pattern of closures and cuts in archaeology and
museum services across the UK over the last few years.  Such local services
are crucially important in providing opportunities for communities to
explore their rich local heritage, and to get involved in its stewardship.
A MORI poll carried out last year for the government's review of policy
towards the historic environment showed that almost everybody thinks that
the historic environment is important for educating people about their
culture and heritage.  Local authorities have a vital role to play in
maintaining nationally important collections like that at Southampton, and
enabling communities to discover and appreciate their own past.  Archaeology
and history services are an essential educational resource for local schools
and provide valuable opportunities for life long learning and the promotion
of social inclusion.

Francis Pryor, President of the Council for British Archaeology said
"Working in partnership with the voluntary sector, Southampton has been a
flagship of good practice in helping people to discover their own heritage.
It is an achievement that should be heralded, not ditched."

Alison Bodley, National Co-ordinator of the Young Archaeologists Club said
"It is ludicrous that cuts should be threatened at a time when public
interest in archaeology is greater than it has ever been. Television
programmes such as Time Team and Meet the Ancestors are regularly watched by
between 3 and 6 million people;  there are hundreds of local archaeological
societies;  and currently over 1200 continuing education and leisure time
courses relating to archaeology and the historic environment are running
across the UK.  The Young Archaeologists' Club has more than trebled in size
in the last five years.  This trend is set to continue and accelerate.  If
Southampton goes ahead with the threatened cuts, it will not only mean the
closure of one of our highly successful YAC branches, but also will deny
access of both children and adults to a nationally important archaeological
collection and local history services.  A whole generation of local children
will be robbed of opportunities to learn about their heritage if these
closures go ahead".

George Lambrick, Director of the CBA said
"Cutting these services flies in the face of what people want.  Without them
local people will be unable to access their own heritage.  The past will
fall silent for them and their children.  We have witnessed many cuts in
recent years. This is a retrograde trend destroying services that represent
the green shoots of using the historic environment to help promote
education, regeneration, and social inclusion.  At present there is no
obligation on local authorities to provide these services and they are easy
targets when savings must be found.  We support current initiatives to put
these services on a statutory footing alongside public libraries. This is
fundamentally important if we are to end the year-on-year erosion of local
heritage services."

Notes for Editors
1) The Council for British Archaeology is the principal UK-wide
non-government organisation that promotes knowledge, appreciation and care
of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future
generations.  It is a non-profit making educational charity that has been
nationally influential for over half a century, with a growing membership
base of over 500 organisations and c.10,000 individual subscribers of all
ages.

2) Southampton's Community Archaeology Service runs the local branch of the
Young Archaeologists' Club for 9 to 16 year olds;  it gets people involved
in a community dig;  it undertakes a variety of survey projects with local
groups (which for example recently led to the discovery of a Roman timber
bridge or jetty in the river Itchen);  it is enabling local enthusiasts to
record and write up unpublished collections of Roman pottery;  and it takes
archaeology out into the community through lectures and displays to local
groups and schools.  The Community Culture Unit also helps to promote
archaeology alongside oral and local history and school workshops.  It
published the best-selling non-fiction book, Titanic Voices.  The God's
House Tower Museum of archaeology is a Designated Museum in recognition of
its nationally important collections.

3)  Founded in 1972 as Young Rescue, the Young Archaeologists' Club is the
junior wing of the Council for British Archaeology.  Its President is Tony
Robinson, the presenter of Time Team.  The club runs 55 branches across the
UK, which undertake a varied programme of activities for members ranging in
age from 9 to 16.

4) In the past three years the CBA has campaigned against cuts to local
government archaeological and museums services in Berkshire,
Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, North Hertfordshire, North Somerset,
Salford, Worcestershire and the West of Scotland.

5) "Power of Place: The future of the historic environment in England" was
published last December as the final report of a DCMS/DETR sponsored review
of government policy.  A MORI survey undertaken as part of the review showed
that 95-98% of people think that the historic environment is important for
educating children and adults about the past.

6) In its headline recommendations the Power of Place report called for the
removal of barriers to access, and for the historic environment to be placed
at the heart of education. It also stressed the importance of leadership at
local level and the vital role of local authorities in developing such
services in partnership with others.  The report is available from English
Heritage.

7) Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn and Lord Redesdale have put forward amendments
to the Culture and Recreation Bill, which is shortly to reach its Committee
stage in the House of Lords, to make the maintenance and provision of
archaeological records and museums services a statutory duty on local
authorities.

For further comment or information contact:
George Lambrick 01904 671417 or 01865 735161
Alison Bodley           01904 671417
Alex Hunt               01904 671417


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Council for British Archaeology
Bowes Morrell House
111 Walmgate
York
YO1 9WA
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1904 671417
Fax: +44 (0)1904 671384

http://www.britarch.ac.uk

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