Chris Cumberpatch says:
>Certainly we should be working together to develop standards
>etc, but there seems absolutely no reason to join the I.F.A. in order to
>contribute to this task. The C.B.A., RESCUE and many other bodies are
>equally relevant as contributors to this process and many of the more
>closely focussed groups are active in producing standards documents,
>procedural outlines and the like which can have an important effect 'on the
>ground'. Trades Unions such as Unison and the I.P.M.S. are somewhat more
>effective at safeguarding the rights of those employed by larger
>organisations than the Institute. Discussion documents can be responded to
>by individuals putting their own points of view. There is no necessity to
>join one particular organisation and many good reasons not to join the
and Joseph Elders has already spoken about the need for an Institute
of Archaeology. So far, archaeologists are represented by
a non-archaeological union, and archaeology by any number of
overlapping groups with small memberships. An Institute or
College, setting standards from A level to management of finds
would bring archaeologists together and provide a united voice.
It won't take years, as I've been told, simply representatives of
these small overlapping groups to get together with vision,
will and good intent and just do it!
Archaeology is at rock bottom, but it seems that there's only
the will to fight for one's small corner at the bottom of the
barrel rather than form an escape committee!