Institute of Field Archaeologists
Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers
5 December 2005
Standard and Guidance for Stewardship of the Historic Environment
Professional organisations supporting the UK historic environment sector
are to create a framework of good practice standards to embrace the
breadth of modern conservation and management. The key sector bodies of
IFA, IHBC and ALGAO, supported by central government, will now prepare a
new Standard and Guidance for Stewardship of the Historic Environment.
The work will be taken forward over the next year through a series of
consultations and cross-sector workshops. It will run in parallel with
the consultation on English Heritage's Principles and Policies for the
Conservation and Management of the Historic Environment that is due to
be announced in spring 2006.
The Stewardship project is sponsored and led jointly by the Institute of
Field Archaeologists (IFA), The Institute of Historic Building
Conservation (IHBC) and the Association of Local Government
Archaeological Officers (ALGAO). A Project Advisory Panel, representing
a cross section of professional interests drawn from across the UK, will
guide the project. The Panel will in turn work with a series of national
and regional Working Groups that will moderate the detailed content of
the standard and guidance.
The principal consultant for the project is David Baker MIFA IHBC,
working in collaboration with Dr Gill Chitty MIFA IHBC and Dr Rowan
The project web page (at www.britarch.ac.uk/conserve/stewardship/) will
be accessible via the websites of IFA, IHBC and ALGAO as well as to any
other interested individuals and organisations.
Formulating a commonly agreed Standard and Guidance for Stewardship is a
matter of central importance to strengthen partnership across the sector
and promote wider understanding of and access to its decision-making
processes. It will also help harmonise approaches key professional
issues such as accreditation and regulation. Colleagues are urged to
participate in whatever way they can so that the result reflects all
viewpoints and interests.
All communications about the project and responses to consultations
should be sent to Beth Asbury at SHES, University of Reading,
Whiteknights, PO Box 227, Reading, RG6 6AB; e-mail
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