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The need for better integration of the historic environment within broader environmental policy has been a recurring theme in the CBA's comments on recent Government policy proposals (writes Alex Hunt).
In its response to a consultation on draft requirements for new energy efficiency measures within the Building Regulations, the CBA voiced very severe concerns about the implications for historic buildings undergoing alterations or changes of use. Strict observance of the new regulations could require, for instance, the inappropriate installation of u-PVC windows. The requirement for various other energy efficiency measures has significant potential to detract from the character of historic buildings or destroy elements of their historic fabric.
In responding to consultation from MAFF on the Strategic Planning and Appraisal of Flood and Coastal Defences, the CBA called for the historic environment to be better integrated within the proposed framework, so that the potential impacts of future management works are considered with the historic environment in mind. The CBA also underlined that the vast reservoir of information about past environmental change contained within the historic environment needed to be recognised, and used for the strategic planning and management of future flood and coastal defences.
The CBA also responded to two related consultations, one from the DTI's Environmental Appraisal Task Force, and the other from the Government-convened Advisory Committee on Business in the Environment. These consultations related respectively to the role of Strategic Environmental Assessment in policy development within Government and industry, and encouraging businesses to `internalise' sustainable development within their day-to-day activities.
In both cases the CBA emphasised the significance of archaeology and the historic environment as environmental assets; the important contribution they make to people's quality of life; and the role that businesses and Government have in securing their protection.
National Archaeology Days 2001 has been set for the 21-22 July. Organisations interested in taking part can find further details and an application form, either on the Young Archaeologists' Club website (www.britarch.ac.uk/yac) or by contacting Lorraine Bathurst at the CBA (firstname.lastname@example.org). The closing date for applications is 28 February 2001. All participating sites will be advertised on the YAC website within four weeks of the closing date. This year 153 sites took part, attracting some 45,000 visitors.
Dates for three CBA meetings have been set for next year. The Winter General Meeting will take place on 22 February in London. The Annual General Meeting takes place on 29 September, also in London. The Beatrice de Cardi lecture will be given by Prof Rosemary Cramp on 13 October in Durham. Members will receive papers for the WGM with the February issue of British Archaeology, and for the AGM with the August issue. Details of the lecture will appear in Briefing next year.
Following a postal ballot of all CBA members, the following Officers and Trustees were elected at the CBA's AGM in September: Dr Francis Pryor MBE (President), Dr Richard Hall (Secretary), Chris Musson MBE (Treasurer), David Baker (Vice-President), Michael Farley (Vice-President), Frances Lynch (Vice-President), Don Benson, Tony Blackman, David Cranstone, Dr Margaret Faull, Claire Foley, Dr Frances Healy, Alan Saville, Dennis Turner and Bruce Watson.
Work begins next month on a new CBA information service, sponsored initially by English Heritage on behalf of the Archaeology Training Forum (ATF) (writes Mike Heyworth). The online service will provide information on current archaeological education and training courses and careers, both for the public and for independent and professional archaeologists.
The service was first suggested by Gill Chitty, in an ATF-commissioned report on archaeology training in April 1999. In running the service, the CBA will work in collaboration with the Institute of Field Archaeologists, the Standing Conference of University Professors and Heads of Archaeology, and the Standing Conference for Archaeology in Continuing Education.
One of the first products of the new service will be an updated Directory of British Archaeology, covering all sectors of the discipline and providing contact details for a wide range of organisations.
The service is planned to be launched in summer 2001 and will be delivered through the CBA's website (details can be found at www.britarch.ac.uk/training). Printed information will be made available in the form of updated CBA factsheets, and through this magazine's Briefing section, which will be expanded next year to carry the extra information collected by the new service. The CBA contact will be Jonathan Bateman.
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