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TAF Statement on the Culture White Paper

was submitted to the Minister for Culture, Sport, Tourism and Heritage (17 October 2015)

Why Local Authorities need an Archaeologist has been produced by the Forum setting out the value of local government archaeological services.

Forum response to Defra consultation on the Marine Policy Statement UK (12 October 2010).

Forum response to DCMS consultation on the HMS Victory 1744: Options for managing the wreck site (30 June 2010).

Forum response to the Preconsultation by Defra on the Draft UK Marine Policy Statement (7 May 2010).

Recent Forum statements and responses



The Future of Local Government Archaeology Services: Collated written evidence from national bodies This document publishes evidence receieved in 2014 from national bodies responding to the Howell/Redesdale Review. The Review itself was published by the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group in September 2016 (January 2017)

TAF Marine Policy Statement setting out the forum's policy positions on the framework of protections for the marine historic environment (April 2015)

TAF Briefing Paper to inform responses to the Howell/Redesdale Report on the future of local government archaeology services. This briefing was used to accompany the call for evidence for the inquiry(February 2014)

Forum response to the Scottish Government's joint consultation on the historic environment strategy for Scotland and the merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (July 2013)

Forum letter to the MoD re: pending decision on potential recovery and sale of the HMS Victory 1744 (May 2013)

Why Local Authorities need an Archaeologist has been produced by the Forum setting out the value of local government archaeological services. Englandís local authorities currently enjoy access to a comprehensive network of archaeology advisors with an impressive array of specialist skills in the built, buried, coastal and marine historic environment. This paper marshalls the arguments for resisting the cuts that currently threaten local services.

Forum response to Defra consultation on the Marine Policy Statement UK (12 October 2010).

Forum response to DCMS consultation on the HMS Victory 1744: Options for managing the wreck site (30 June 2010).

Forum response to the Preconsultation by Defra on the Draft UK Marine Policy Statement (7 May 2010).

Forum response to the consultation by Defra on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (22 January 2010).

Forum response to the Policy Statement on Regional Strategies and Guidance on establishment of Leaders' Boards (30 September 2009).

Forum response to CLG on the consultation on draft PPS15: Planning for the Historic Environment and the draft Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide (29 October 2009).

Forum response to English Heritage on the consultation on draft PPS15: Planning for the Historic Environment and the draft Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide (29 October 2009).

Forum response to the Cadw Welsh Assembly Government consultation on Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment in Wales (29 October 2009).

Forum response to the Defra consultation on coastal change policy (25 September 2009).

Forum response to the Defra consultation on secondary legislation for England and Wales under the Marine and Coastal Access Bill: Part 4 Marine Licensing (22 September 2009).

Forum response to the National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence)(Culture and other fields) Order 2009 (3 September 2009).

Preliminary Forum response to the CLG and English Heritage draft Policy Planning Statement 15 and draft Planning Practice Guide (14 August 2009).

Forum response to the Historic Scotland consultation on the Ancient Monuments and Listed Buildings (Amendment)(Scotland) Bill (14 August 2009).

Forum response to the Government's draft legislative programme: Heritage Protection Bill (31 July 2009).

Forum response to the CLG consultation on the draft PPS4: Planning for prosperous economies (27 July 2009).

Forum response to the consultation on the Defra draft flood and water management bill (23 July 2009).

Forum response to the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) consultation (22 June 2009).

Forum response to the consultation on pre-application and application procedures for nationally significant infrastructure projects (19 June 2009).

Forum response to the consultation on the transposition of EC INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC into UK Law (22 May 2009).

Forum response to the consultation by the Church of England, English Heritage and the Ministry of Justice on the formation of a new advisory panel on the archaeology of human burials in England (30 April 2009).

Forum response to the draft Planning Policy Statement: Eco-towns consultation (27 April 2009).

Forum response to the DECC consultation on Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study (23 April 2009).

Forum response to the CLG consultation on list of statutory consultees for National Policy Statements (16 April 2009).

Forum response to Natural England's consultation 'Future landscapes: draft policy' (27 March 2009).

Forum response to the DCMS consultation World Heritage for the Nation: identifying, protecting and promoting our world heritage (23 February 2009).

Forum submission to the Welsh Sustainability Committee relating to the Inquiry into the Marine Bill (29 January 2009).

Forum statement on heritage protection reform following the Queen's Speech (3 December 2008).

Forum response to BERR consultation Towards a nuclear national policy statement: strategic siting assessment process and siting criteria for new nuclear power stations in the UK (11 November 2008).

Forum response to Defra Draft Guidance Notes on Part 4 of the Marine Bill: marine conservation zones (4 September 2008).

Forum response to the consultation on the protection of World Heritage Sites (22 August 2008).

Forum response to DCMS Committee's Report on the draft Heritage Protection Bill (8 August 2008).

Forum response to the DEFRA consultation on future priorities for the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund April 2008-March 2011 (28 April 2008).

Forum response to DCLG on the Planning White Paper Planning for a sustainable future(16 August 2007).

Forum response to Simon Thurley on the Historic Environment Enabling Programme (July 2007).

Forum response to CMS and Cadw on the heritage protection white paper Heritage protection for the 21st century (31 May 2007)

Forum response to the Manchester Museum consultation on its policy on human remains (Nov 2006)

Forum response to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry 'Caring for our Collections' (Sept 2006)

Forum response to SHEP 1 Scotland's Historic Environment (23 June 2006)

Forum response to the HLF consultation, Our Heritage, Our Future (21 February 2006).

The Forum has responded to the House of Commons Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee inquiry on Protecting, preserving, and making accessible our nation's heritage (January 2006): Letter and Evidence

Response sent from Forum member to DCMS in response to the Secretary of State's discussion paper on 'Better places to live' (May 2005)

Forum response to DCHAM consultation on protecting maritime heritage (July 2004)

Forum response to DCMS consultation on the future of ecclesiastical exemption in England (May 2004)

Forum response to the Draft Management Plan for The Wash Estuary System (2004)

Forum response to the English Heritage consultation on Heritage Counts 2003 (Feb 2004)

Forum response to the APPAG headline proposals (September 2003)

Forum initial response to the APPAG report (May 2003)

Forum response to DEFRA consultation on the review of agri-environment schemes: second consultation - framework document (Feb 2003)

Forum response to the President of the European Community on the lack of reference to sustainability in the proposed draft European Union constitution (January 2003)

Forum response to the Government's Planning Green Paper (March 2002)

Forum submission to the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group (January 2002)

Forum response to Baroness Anelay on the Second Reading of the National Heritage Bill (Oct 2001)

Archaeology at the hustings (14 March 2001) - a transcript of a meeting held by the Forum on 14 March 2001, at the Society of Antiquaries of London, when senior politicians from the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat political parties spoke to an invited group of archaeologists and gave their views on a wide range of issues relating to archaeology and the historic environment.

Key publications published by the Forum include:

Archaeology enriches us all (July 2005) - an advocacy document which explains why archaeology matters, how we can make the most of the UK's archaeology, and how TAF members are working to take forward this vision.

Archaeology and culture: a past for the future (March 2001)


Forum briefing papers:

Forum briefing for APPAG on the Coastal and Marine Access Bill (16 January 2009).

Forum evidence for the DCMS Committee Inquiry: Draft Heritage Protection Bill (June 2008).

Forum briefing for APPAG on Local Government Archaeological Services (January 2008).

Forum press release commenting on the Heritage White Paper (8 March 2007)

Forum briefing for Westminster Hall debate on the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee report on 'Protecting and preserving our heritage' (25 Jan 2007)


Forum seminar presentations


'The Bill and beyond', a Forum seminar on heritage protection reform, was held on 7 October 2008. Presentations are now available for download:

The Bill and beyond: a view from practising professional archaeologists - Peter Hinton, Chief Executive, IfA (PDF 3.4 MB)

The Bill and beyond: a view from the national amenity societies - Dr Ian Dungavell, secretary, Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies; Director, The Victorian Society (PDF 1.3 MB)

Conservation skills and services: standards in a changing world - Dr Sean O'Reilly, Director, IHBC (PDF 2.3MB)

The Bill and beyond: Cambridge case study - John Preston, Historic Environment Manager, Cambridge City Council (PDF 4.3 MB)

Preparing for working with the new heritage protection system - Paul Jeffery, Heritage Protection Reform Team Leader, English Heritage (PDF 548KB)

The view from local government archaeology - Dr Stewart Bryant, Chair, ALGAO:England (PDF 1.3MB)