I think you are refering to the network of Archaeological Wardens co-ordinated by the Leicestershire Museums Service established across the county and Rutland. About c.70% (192/278) of parishes are represented with wardens of varying levels of enthusiasm and activity, they are appointed by the parish council/meeting - and act as local points of contacts between their community and the Museums Service. In terms of monitoring, they do not have a structure condition monitoring role, but undertake some work on an ad hoc basis. They also occasionally feed into the planning process, flagging up issues that appear relevant at a local level, very occasional getting involved on site (observation during minor development works, etc.), sometimes visiting on-going archaeological fieldwork.
Given the resourcing (currently very limited) there are all sorts of options available, and certainly through a range of community initiatives Leicestershire and Rutland have benefited enormously from a culture of volunteer involvement. In that context, we (LCC) also run a separate network of Heritage Wardens (Leicestershire Community Heritage Initiative - HLF funded programme)who involve themselves in a range of environmental issues, sometimes overlapping with the Archaeological Wardens.
I would suggest you speak to Dr Richard Pollard the AW network co-ordinator ([log in to unmask]), and/or Carolyn Holmes ([log in to unmask]) the CHI Co-ordinator.
Richard Clark, MA, AIFA
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From: Issues related to Historic Environment Records
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Nick Boldrini
Sent: 10 November 2006 13:38
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Subject: Volunteer monitoring of Monument condition
I have been tasked with trying to develop a volunteer project for them
to monitor Monument condition for us.
I believe some places are already running this sort of thing - is that
so? I a aware of the Yorkshire Dales project and been in touch with
them, but also believe Leicestershire do something like this?
If so, would any of them be willing to let us see any Pro formas that
have been developed, and any other documentation?
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