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This year’s FAME Forum will focus on aspects of risk management in development-led archaeology. As a key decision maker in your organisation,
- Are you aware of the legal responsibilities you carry when conducting your business?
- Or the penalties that may apply when something goes wrong?
- Do you know whether or not archaeological fieldwork is covered by CDM Regulations?
- Or whether your insurance policy covers you for staff working at depths of over 2m?
- Or whether as a business you are covered by appropriate liability insurance?
- Do you believe that smarter procurement should be used in commissioning archaeological work?
- Or that measured contracts in archaeology would benefit the profession?
- Do you want to know how well the sector is performing? More >
■ A word from the Chair
My calendar tells me that the season is spring, but my senses tell me it is still winter. It’s hard to believe that we are now only three months away from our summer Forum and AGM in York. The AGM will be held on Thursday 27th June at 5pm, followed by a wine reception, before moving to a nearby pub.
The Forum will be held the following day, Friday 28th June, again at the Merchant Taylors Hall, Aldwark. The focus this year will be on risk management, and will include updates from HSE on the reviews of CDM and competency cards, Tariq Mian on understanding insurance obligations, and our own Tim Malim on draft FAME guidance on procuring quality in archaeological schemes. Further speakers will be announced soon in a programme which will be of huge relevance to both present and prospective members.
Following its survey of undeposited archaeological archives in England, Scotland and Wales, FAME is currently undertaking a similar survey of archives in Northern Ireland, on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
And FAME has now welcomed its first member from Northern Ireland, Northern Archaeological Consultancy Ltd.
FAME has always had strong representation in England, Scotland and Wales. However we recognise that many of the current issues facing archaeological practices are common to practitioners throughout the UK, and we would very much welcome further membership applications from our colleagues in Northern Ireland.
Following the decision of IfA Council to discontinue making compliance with minimum salary recommendations an absolute requirement of Registered Organisation status, FAME is publishing this statement to set out its position on the issue: More >
■ A word from the Chair
Next summer may seem a very long way off, especially after the awful autumn and early winter many parts of Britain have suffered, but I have a date for your diary. 28 June 2013 is the date of the next FAME Forum, to be held in York as usual, thanks to the facilities kindly provided by York Archaeological Trust. We are considering two themes. The first of these will be health and safety, in particular the proposed changes to the CDM Regulations, and we hope to have a speaker from the Health and Safety Executive. We are also considering a second theme, ensuring quality in development-led archaeology, and are finalising our thoughts on this.
FAME has carried out a survey of undeposited archaeological archives in England, Scotland and Wales.
This was in response to the increasing concerns of its many members who hold completed archives that cannot be deposited because there is no store or museum able or willing to accept them. More >
To reflect the changing face of the UK archaeological market, we’re introducing a new grade of Affiliate Membership for smaller and newly-established businesses.
If you have five or fewer staff, or if you’ve been in business for less than two years, you can join FAME as an Affiliate Member.
It costs just £150 per year, and entitles you to all the benefits of full membership, but with one ticket to the FAME Forum and Observer status at the AGM.
For further details, please contact us.
This year’s FAME Forum Fit for Purpose? focused on the issue of skills and employability in UK archaeology. Held in association with the Archaeology Training Forum and supported by York Archaeological Trust, it brought together a wide range of practitioners to discuss what skills employers can expect of archaeology graduates, and what can be done to develop these skills once they enter the workplace. More >
This year’s FAME Forum will be held in association with the Archaeology Training Forum, and will bring together speakers from across the sector to discuss skills and employability in UK archaeology. Papers include More >
This year’s FAME Forum will consider the issue of skills and employability in UK archaeology. A university degree has long been considered an essential requirement for a career in archaeology. However, there seems to be a growing gulf between what our universities provide and what archaeological employers need. More >