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Lincoln Cathedral - Archaeologist (tender for works)

  Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln
   By tender
  Apply before: 26/01/2018
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
  01522 561600
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Application Address:

The Chapter Office 4 Priorygate Lincoln LN2 1PL


Lincoln Cathedral wishes to appoint a Cathedral Archaeologist in succession to Dr Philip Dixon, for a five-year contract beginning 1 March 2018.

This is a challenging role as the Cathedral embarks on a major HLF-funded Project 'Lincoln Cathedral Connected'.

The appointment is ad personam. People who are already employed within an organisation or are sole traders are welcome to apply, but they must be able to deliver the required services without constraint or any assumption that contracts for fieldwork will be placed with their organisation.
The Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011 requires that no works be implemented which might materially affect the archaeological character or any archaeological remains in or under the cathedral church or within the precinct of the cathedral, including works to the fabric of the cathedral church and any other buildings in ecclesiastical use, unless the proposals have been approved under the Measure.  Additionally certain parts of the precinct may be subject to scheduling under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, and certain buildings within the precinct may be listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

The Care of Cathedrals Measure states that it is the duty of the Chapter of a cathedral to appoint a cathedral archaeologist unless, in the view of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, the archaeological significance of the cathedral does not justify it. All Cathedral Archaeologist appointments therefore have a role in statutory planning regulation and a responsibility to uphold the requirements of the Care of Cathedrals Measure as they relate to archaeology.

All cathedrals also appoint a Cathedral Architect or Surveyor to the Fabric, who holds a similar statutory role as regards the standing buildings and setting. In most cathedrals there will be overlap in the interests and jurisdiction of the Cathedral Architect and Cathedral Archaeologist.

The Cathedral Archaeologist is concerned with:

  1. What is defined in the Care of Cathedrals Measure as “archaeological remains” meaning the remains of any building, work or artefact, including any trace or sign of the previous existence of the building, work or artefact in question;
  2. Below ground evidence, including human remains, standing structures, the cathedral precinct and its historical development, and artefacts associated with the cathedral;
  3. Understanding these historic elements and the potential impact of change on them;
  4. Communicating that understanding as appropriate to others including those responsible for outreach;
  5. All aspects of the archaeological process from initial identification of significance through to publication and archiving of results from investigations;
  6. Working with professional colleagues having a shared interest in archaeological matters broadly defined, such as the Cathedral Architect, the Cathedral Works Department etc.
To apply for the tender:
Further details regarding the level of commitment, expectations and requirements can be obtained Will Harrison, Chapter Clerk and Administrator, on 01522 561604 or at

Proposals for fee structures and services should be submitted by Friday 26 January 2018, and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in Lincoln on Friday 9 February 2018.




Please quote BAJR in your application.

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