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Cathedral Archaeologist

  Chichester Cathedral in Chichester West Sussex
   £2,500 pa Retainer
  Apply before: 30/11/2020
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
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Head of Estates Chichester Cathedral The Royal Chantry, Cathedral Cloisters Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1PX


Chichester Cathedral:
Cathedral Archaeologist appointment 2020

The Chapter of Chichester Cathedral is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced and qualified applicants (G5-6),  to provide a retained Cathedral Archaeologist service.  The role is set out in the following document with an expected retention sum of £2,500/pa billed or quarterly.  It is anticipated that engagements for specific or bespoke projects / functions such as watching briefs, monitoring or trial digs will be prepared, costed and managed separately from this sum.

The Cathedral Archaeologist, who will act as a professional consultant to advise on all matters of archaeological interest in relation to the Cathedral Church building and its site. (For the purposes of this appointment this covers the Cathedral Church, the Cloister, the detached bell tower, and the churchyard.)
It should be noted that this appointment is made ad personam. People who are already employed within a larger organisation 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 Archaeologist will act as a professional consultant to advise on all matters of archaeological interest in relation to the Cathedral Church building and its site.  The role does however go beyond a statutory requirement and the Archaeologist will be expected to work closely with the Chapter, through its appointed staff and other professional advisors, and in particular with the Communar, the Head of Estates, and the Surveyor of the Fabric.   The role also requires the preparation and presentation of an annual report to Chapter in conjunction with reports from the Surveyor of the Fabric.
If you would like to be considered for this role, please provide by no later than midday on Monday 30th November 2020, a copy of your current CV detailing relevant experience and qualifications along with details of hourly and daily rates for additional service provision to

The Measure requires the Cathedral Archaeologist to make a formal report to the Cathedral Chapter on an annual basis, and this will often coincide with the similarly-required annual report from the Surveyor of the Fabric. At Chichester Cathedral, matters relating to building fabric are addressed through the ‘Restoration Planning Group’, which meets three or four times a year, to relay Chapter’s requirements to the fabric team, and to receive progress reports from the team for presentation back to Chapter.
The Cathedral Archaeologist is also required to attend the meetings of the Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee. This statutory body also meets three or four times a year, provides advice to the Cathedral Chapter on fabric matters, and is also empowered to approve certain aspects of work to the building, as delegated by the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE).
At present, these meetings are held virtually but a return to ‘in person’ meetings is anticipated in due course. 
Applicants for the role should possess a strong background in the archaeology of standing buildings as well as below-ground archaeology, and specifically in the field of church buildings. Applicants should hold a graduate or post-graduate qualification in archaeology or allied discipline. They should be able to organise and carry out minor programmes of archaeological recording and excavation when needed. For larger packages of work, they will be responsible for over-seeing such work. to be carried out by others. Applicants should be conversant with the legislative framework for work within the Cathedral environment, such as the workings of the Care of Cathedrals Measure, the role and function of the Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee, Ministry of Justice regulations, and Church of England Advice, concerning the treatment of human remains, Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument controls and ecclesiastical legislation.
The document entitled ‘The Role and Duties of the Cathedral Archaeologist’ [1], published by the CFCE, is of particular relevance.
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. 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 far 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 the Care of Cathedrals Measure defines 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 upon 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 Head of Estates, and the Surveyor of the  Fabric. 
  1. To act as the professional advisor to the Chapter on all matters for which it has archaeological responsibility;
  2. To attend, ex officio, meetings of the Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC) as the Chapter’s professional advisor and a non-voting member;
  3. To produce an annual report to the Chapter summarising works carried out and outlining how identified archaeological priorities are being addressed;
  4. To initiate assessments and/or strategic plans for the management of the Cathedral’s archaeology, including the development of research agenda;
  5. To respond to consultations on proposals for works, whether recommended by the Surveyor of the Fabric or authorised by the Chapter to be carried out by its works staff, or the local authority, or statutory undertakers;
  6. To prepare initial appraisals and assessments for proposed works that might destroy, reveal or conceal material of potential archaeological significance, advising on the likely scope, outline costs and timescale of any required work;
  7. To organise and carry out small-scale programmes of archaeological recording and reporting;
  8. To prepare briefs for further desk-based assessment, field evaluation and major programmes of excavation and recording by appointed contractors in mitigation of impacts by works or for other purposes; to review their Written Schemes of Investigation and recommend their approval or otherwise to the Chapter;
  9. To advise Chapter on the best available quality and value of archaeological work when an external archaeological contractor is to be appointed;
  10. To monitor work by appointed contractors, ensuring it has clear aims and objectives, includes adequate post-excavation analysis, generates a sufficient project archive and concludes with appropriate publication of results;
  11. To ensure in conjunction with appropriate colleagues that the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England is aware of the archaeological dimension of proposed works and projects and of results arising from approved archaeological work;
  12. To liaise with the Surveyor of the Fabric over preparation of the Quinquennial Inspection Report, progress with current projects and the preparation of new ones;
  13. To advise the Chapter on the development of a policy for the deposition of archaeological archives (paper, electronic and finds) in a suitable place;
  14. To advise the Chapter on the relevant sections of the Inventory and on the proper storage and curation of archaeological material registered on the Inventory including finds made during project work;
  15. To ensure personal continuing professional development with regard to research and methodologies for Cathedral archaeology generally;
  16. To advise on relevant legislation and permissions in relation to proposals for works, and on relevant legislation, such as Health and Safety regulations, Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations, Ministry of Justice regulations concerning human remains, listing and scheduling controls, ecclesiastical legislation, etc.;
  17. To advise upon contingency arrangements for disaster planning;
  18. To engage with local stakeholders and interested parties and disseminate information about the archaeology of the Cathedral.
  19. The Cathedral Archaeologist should have the right to ask authority from the Chapter to obtain a second opinion on an important and complex problem. Likewise, the Chapter should be able to call for a second opinion, having informed the Cathedral Archaeologist of its intentions.
  20. Attendance at meetings of the Cathedral’s Restoration Planning Group.
  21. Attend project progress meetings with the Surveyor of the Fabric as necessary.
  22. Attend Chapter meetings to advise on archaeological matters as necessary.
  1. A graduate or post-graduate qualification, in archaeology or a related discipline;
  2. Proven experience in the survey and analysis of historic buildings and archaeological sites, with special reference to church archaeology;
  3. Proven experience of working successfully in an archaeological curatorial capacity;
  4. Knowledge of the legislative and planning framework as it pertains to archaeology;
  5. Familiarity / capability with standard and relevant specialised IT packages;
  6. Ability to conduct minor excavations and recording work including working at heights and on scaffolding;
  7. Knowledge of ecclesiastical buildings legislative systems
  8. A positive approach to team-working with Cathedral staff and other professionals;
  9. Able to demonstrate an understanding of and sympathy with the aims and objectives of Chichester Cathedral.
  1. Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) or similar national body;
  2. Current active research interests in relevant aspects of church archaeology including an established record of academic publication;
  3. Motivation and skills for communicating the interest of Cathedral archaeology to non-specialist audiences;
  4. Membership of the Society for Church Archaeology

 Closing Date:   30th November 2020 and interviews to be held 11th December 2020.

To apply - send your CV and expression of interst to

[1] The Role and Duties of the Cathedral Archaeologist May 2010 (Due for Revision) Endorsed by the Association of English Cathedrals and (formerly) the Association of Diocesan and Cathedral Archaeologists




Please quote BAJR in your application.

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