At this years IFA conference (25-27 March), there is to be a proposal for an IFA special interest group to represent field archaeologists. I am hoping that there will be a number of field workers attending from all levels, and I am especially keen to see the more vocal amongst the profession - you are just the kind of people who could make it work. (There is money available, keep reading)
The field archaeology group would allow all those who work in the field, from the freshest recruit to the oldest hand, to have their say in the development of the IFA. It would also provide a forum for productive debate on the future of field archaeology, a central point where field workers could turn for advice, and a body to arrange training sympathetic to the needs of field workers.
This group will require (initially) support from current IFA members. The current by-laws stipulate that we require 15 IFA members to support the creation of the group. We will also need 5 corporate members (PIFA, AIFA or MIFA) to take on the responsibilities of running the group. To those who have already offered their support - thank you. Your names have been noted, but sadly we do not yet have the required number of people to proceed.
As an added bonus, there is even money available to help those of limited means to attend the conference. Please contact Alex Llewellyn at the IFA offices for more details on this. (Tel: 0118 931 6446, Fax: 0118 931 6448, Email: [log in to unmask])
I know that the IFA is not particularly popular amongst many people in the field, but this will give you the opportunity to take an active part in making real changes to the IFA. Please remember that the IFA is member led and that it takes its groups very seriously. Therefore, the best way to change the IFA is to get involved.
As neither the IFA nor I has the means to communicate this to all fieldworkers across the country, please pass this message on to anyone you know who might be interested.
Hope to see you there,
Matthew Reynolds PIFA