Recommendations from the project, together with detailed reports and guidance documents are published on the Resources page.
Key recommendations are:-
- The archaeological sector must champion the value of archaeological archives
- The storage and access crisis can be solved at a regional and national level
- Effectively manage transfer of title and copyright for both orphan and newly created archives
- A standard framework on archaeological archives to be required in all briefs and Written Schemes of Investigations
- Improve communications by developing OASIS
- Enable preservation of, and access to, digital archaeological archives
- Establish Continuing Professional Development training programmes
- Ensure that that opportunities to engage communities in accessing archives are maximised
There are two more detailed reports, one on Museums and Public Engagement by Kate Fernie of 2Culture and one on Development Management Archaeology and Archaeological Contractors by Paddy McNulty.
In addition there is guidance on capital funding from Section 106 Agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy. Other sections include cost modelling and promoting research.
Two workshop sessions were held in Exeter and Bristol in early November 2017. Presentations from the sessions are downloadble as PDF documents. Notes from the discussion sessions will be available later,
- Seeing the Light of Day: report recommendations – David Dawson, Wiltshire Museum
- The true cost of collecting – Lorraine Mepham, Wessex Archaeology
- Written Schemes of Investigation: enabling archaeological archiving – Paddy McNulty
- Digital archiving – what to do – Kate Fernie, 2Culture
- Rationalising collectins: emerging themes – Gail Boyle, Bristol Culture / Society for Museum Archaeology
- Improving communications – OASIS – Louisa Matthews, Archaeology Data Service
- Sharing Standards: an experience from Gloucestershire – Alexia Clark, Museum in the Park, Stroud
- Public Engagement: Royal Albert Memorial Museum – Thomas Cadbury and Jenny Durrant, RAMM
- Public Engagement: Swindon Archaeology in context – Stefanie Vincent, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
The project held a very useful workshop in Bristol on 12 May, attended by about 30 people from across the heritage sector, including archaeological contractors, planning archaeologists and museum curators.
The workshop was an opportunity to update colleagues on the results of surveys and on-going policy work and then turned to look at key issues and possible solutions.
Introduction to Seeing the Light of Day project, David Dawson, Wiltshire Museum
Updates: what the research is telling us
- Archaeology collecting 2016: results from the Society of Museum Archaeologists survey. Gail Boyle, Bristol Museums
- Seeing the Light of Day survey of planning archaeology and archaeological contractors, Paddy McNulty, project consultant
- Seeing the Light of Day survey of museums, Kate Fernie, project consultant
- Historic England 21st century challenges in archaeology: archaeological archives and new models for archive, creation, deposition, storage, access and results. Jan Wills, CIFA.
Slaughtering the sacred cows: some discussion points, David Dawson
The project team will now be looking at the outcomes of the day and moving towards recommendations for actions. There will be a set of workshops in the Autumn hosted by South West Museum Development that will be outliming the results of the project.
The challenging title of an event being run by the Archaeological Archives group of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology in Birmingham on 22 March. The Seeing the Light of Day project has been asked to give a presentation and we will be able to give an outline of some of the results of the survey work. To find out more, and to book, follow this Eventbrite link.
This report in the Daily Mail highlights the opportunities for community engagement in archaeology that are missed through the pressures of development timescales. Can we create the space for community projects within developer-funded archaeology projects that also build meaningful long-term links with the museums where the finds will be stored and (possibly) displayed?