The Archaeology Forum


Forum letter to Greg Clark about cuts to archaeology services and the need for DCLG direction to local planning authorities (4 October 2011).

Forum letter to John Penrose about the value of archaeology services (15 September 2011).

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


The Archaeology Forum (TAF) is a grouping of independent bodies concerned with the archaeological investigation, management and interpretation of the UK's historic environment - both buried remains and standing structures.

The Forum provides an opportunity for institutions to discuss matters of common concern, with the intention of establishing shared positions and promoting clear and consistent messages from archaeological practitioners and other stakeholders.

It works in a joined-up way with others in the historic environment sector through other umbrella organisations like Heritage Link, HEREC, Built Environment Forum Scotland and Wales Environment Link.

The Forum supports the work of the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group, and provides the secretariat function for the APPAG Advisory Group.

Forum members meet four times a year, twice in London, once in Edinburgh and once in Cardiff. Communication between meetings is facilitated through a private email discussion list.