Please see below a statement issued by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities regarding the closure of GMAU, including the Greater Manchester Historic Environment Record:



Manchester University has decided to close the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit (GMAU) as it no longer fits with the University’s research and teaching priorities. The GMAU has provided a high quality archaeological service to the 10 Greater Manchester Planning Authorities for over 30 years. The local planning authorities are looking to secure provision of a planning archaeological service from an alternative provider as a long term solution. Clearly any provision will have to be value for money, ensuring that the Councils receive the statutory advice which they need in determining planning applications. GMAU will finish providing archaeological advice for all but urgent planning matters from the 16th March so that it has time to wind up its affairs.


For further information please contact Chris Findley, Planning Lead, AGMA;


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Tel: 0161 7933617





Lesley Mitchell

HER Officer


School of Arts, Histories and Cultures

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road


M13 9PL


Tel: 0161 275 7874