British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

BAJR Directory: National

Archaeology & Heritage Organisations

Listed alphabetically below are the Essential National Groups and Organisations
Clicking the name will open full details.

Statutory Advisory Committee (SAC) on Closed and Closing Churches

Cathedral and Church Buildings Division
Church House

  020 7898 1863     Click for website

Independent, statutory advisors to the Church Commissioners on the use and alteration of redundant Anglican churches and those being considered for redundancy under the Pastoral Measure.

Ancient Monuments Society

2 Church Entry

  020 7236 3934     Click for website

The Ancient Monuments Society was founded in 1924 for the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship. We are recognised as one of the National Amenity Societies, and as such are informed of any application for listed building consent in England and Wales involving demolition.

The A.M.S. is unique amongst the Amenity Societies in that buildings of all ages fall within our remit. 'Ancient Monument' is a notoriously ambiguous term, but we take it to mean any man-made structure of architectural or historical interest - including houses, whether vernacular or polite, barns, almshouses, dovecotes, mills, churches and chapels.

Ancient Monuments Society

St Ann’s Vestry Hall
2 Church Entry

  020 7236 3934      Click for website

y adopting our campaigning title “AMS – Defending Historic Buildings” we aim to stress how broad is our concern and that we not only study historic buildings but also campaign against needless loss, alteration or neglect.

We work in concert with our fellow National Amenity Societies.
Areas of interest

Commenting, as a mandatory consultee on applications for listed building consent, involving any degree of demolition, in England and Wales
Advising on the addition of a presently unprotected building onto the National heritage List as a listed building, especially where the fabric is multi-period
Disseminating original research on many aspects of architectural history and conservation through our annual volume of Transactions
Disseminating information on new attractions, books, grant offers, events, websites and threats, both acute and slow-burn, through our triennial newsletters
Taking historic but redundant churches, in England and Wales, into care through our sister organisation, The Friends of Friendless Churches, with whom we are in a working partnership

Archaeological Investigations Project

C133, Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Bournemouth University
BH12 5BB

  +44 (0)1202 524111     Click for website

English Heritage commissioned The Archaeological Investigations Project to undertake a detailed study of the nature and extent of archaeological fieldwork carried out in England annually. The project has so far completed the collection of data from throughout England during 1990-2000 and the resulting Gazetteers were published in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. We have started data collection for the year 2003.

The purpose of the project is to chronicle archaeological investigative work in both the planning and development control sector, and work undertaken purely within a research context. This incorporates pre-planning determination desk-based assessments; field evaluations; environmental assessments for which archaeological work was undertaken; and post-planning determination and non-planning related investigations such as open area excavations, watching briefs, recorded observations, the archaeological recording of standing buildings, test-pit programmes, and systematic surface collection programmes. We also include archaeological investigations that form part of research programmes.

Upon completion, a catalogue of completed archaeological investigations is published as a supplement to the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography. The catalogue comprises short abstracts summarizing the work carried out, information about the location of the site and investigating authority/body and full bibliographic references for each and every archaeological investigation completed during the period covered by the project. Similar projects are undertaken in Scotland and Wales. The gazetteers from these projects are published by the Council for Scottish Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology Wales (Cyngor Archaeoleg Brydeinig Cymru). A similar project also exists in Ireland, and can be accessed at A second product will be an analytical report detailing the circumstances in which archaeological work takes place in England. The aim of this report is to quantify what kind of archaeological fieldwork is being undertaken, where this work is being undertaken and by whom, to assist in the strategic management of England's archaeological resource. Thus, by the end of this year the archaeological profession will have at its disposal a readily accessible and comprehensive account of fieldwork undertaken in England between 1990 and 1999. Click here to access the online version of the analytical report.

Archaeology Data Service

Department of Archaeology
University of York
King's Manor

  01904 433 954     Click for website

AHDS Archaeology supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources. It does this by preserving digital data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating a broad range of data in archaeology. It promotes good practice in the use of digital data in archaeology, it provides technical advice to the research community, and supports the deployment of digital technologies.

Archaeology Scotland

Suite 1a, Stuart House
Station Road

  0845 872 3333      Click for website


Archaeology Scotland brings together those for whom archaeology is an interest, an active pastime or a career. It supports local archaeological action and initiatives and campaigns for the best possible conservation and management of our heritage. Explore our website to find out how you can get involved.

Archaeology Scotland: working to secure the archaeological heritage of Scotland for its people through education, promotion and support.

Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland

The Glasite Meeting House
33 Barony Street

  0131 557 0019     Click for website

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland is concerned with the protection, preservation, study and appreciation of Scottish buildings. We have about 1500 members throughout Scotland and beyond, with six regional groups organising local activities and carrying out casework. We have two publications, the annual journal Architectural Heritage and the twice-yearly Magazine, and we have our own premises, providing offices and meeting rooms, the former Glasite Meeting House in the Edinburgh New Town.

Association for Environmental Archaeology

PO Box 30
Nepshaw Lane South
LS27 0UG     Click for website

The Association for Environmental Archaeology was formed in 1979 by a group of environmental archaeologists based at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, to provide a wide-ranging means of communication between those working in environmental archaeology and related subjects. Members' interests range from anthropology and palaeopathology through parasitology, zooarchaeology and soils to archaeobotany and the study of prehistoric economies. The membership numbers around 400 including university staff, research students, people employed in rescue archaeology and amateurs. About 20% of our members live outside the UK, mostly in Europe, but including the USA and Canada, the Middle East, Far East and Australia.

Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland

483 Lawnmarket

  0131 225 7012/3     Click for website

The principal objective of the Association is to stimulate and guide public opinion for the protection of rural scenery and the amenities of the country districts and towns and villages in Scotland from unnecessary disfigurement or injury, and for the promotion or safeguarding of the welfare of the countryside. Since 1975, APRS has given an Annual Award to the best entry submitted to the Association as an example of good design (new build) or reconstruction of a building or structure in its rural setting.

Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers

AB33 8QH

  019755 64071     Click for website

The Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) was formed in 1996 (through merger of the Association of County Archaeological Officers and Council of District Archaeological Officers) to represent all archaeologists working for local authorities and national parks throughout England and Wales.

The Association aims to:

Provide advice to the Local Government Association
Co-ordinate and present the views of its members and their constituent authorities to Government, and other national archaeological and environmental organisations.

Provide advice to national, regional and local bodies on all aspects of the terrestrial and maritime heritage.

Encourage integrated conservation policies in all strategic documents

Further public understanding of the archaeological resource and the wider historic environment.

Maintain and improve professional standards.

Conserve and manage the historic environment.
Work in partnership with heritage bodies and other agencies to develop strategic policies and best practice for recording, conserving, managing and promoting the historic environment.

Association of Preservation Trusts

Clareville House
26/27 Oxendon Street

  020 7930 1629         Click for website

The Association of Preservation Trusts (APT) — registered charity number 1027919 — is the only membership representative body for building preservation trusts (BPTs) across the UK. We offer members practical advice and support on running a BPT and undertaking building restoration projects.

APT was established to provide a structured way for individual BPTs to develop contact between each other and with the outside world. APT is a grass roots organisation, run by BPTs for BPTs.

Association of Regional and Island Archaeologists

c/o John Lawson
Edinburgh City Council Archaeology Service
Museum of Edinburgh

  0131 558 1040     Click for website

To conserve the archaeological resource in the interest of the community
To encourage the educational use and understanding of this resource
To provide a forum for communication between members of the Association and the wider archaeological community
To maintain and improve professional standards in archaeological matters


Dept of Archaeology
University of Southampton
SO17 1BF

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The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology website, giving details of conferences, how to join and a host of superb an relevant links.

Battlefields Trust

Meadow Cottage
33 High Green
NR15 1HR

  01508 558145     Click for website

This website is being developed to provide information on fields of conflict throughout the United Kingdom.

It is essential reading for anyone visiting a battlefield, an invaluable education resource and contains important information for those investigating or conserving battlefields. Included are maps, images, air photos, walking and driving tours, resources for teachers and much more.

British Association for Local History

PO Box 6549
Somersal Herbert

  01283 585947     Click for website

Is the national charity which promotes local history and serves local historians.

Publishes both The Local Historian, quarterly journal, and Local History News, a topical magazine.

Publishes books and pamphlets on local history.

Organises regular guided visits to major repositories, libraries and museums.

Arranges regular conferences in London and the regions.

Commisions a prestigious annual lecture.

Issues the Local History Catalogue

Offers benefits to society members, including access to events at the members' rate, and an insurance scheme

Provides this Web Site for local history

Local history enriches our lives both as individuals and as whole communities. It is an area where amateur and professional can meet and work profitably together. We need your support in promoting this important educational cause. The more members we have, the more effectively we can represent the interest of local historians.

Local historians range from interested individuals and members of local societies to the professionals in the field such as archivists and university lecturers. There are many thousands of people now actively involved in making a valuable contribution towards enriching and extending our understanding of the past.

Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland

Scottish Civic Trust
Tobacco Merchant's House
42 Miller Street
G1 1DT

  (0141) 221 1466     Click for website

The Register is maintained by the Scottish Civic Trust on behalf of Historic Scotland, and provides information on properties of architectural or historic merit throughout the country that are considered to be at risk.

Many are available for purchase or lease, and all display considerable restoration or development potential. Whether you are looking for a large castle or a small farmhouse, a former factory or a redundant church, the Register contains over a thousand buildings of all types for you to consider.

Built Environment Forum Scotland

33 Barony Street

  0131 556 5353     Click for website

The purpose of BEFS is to improve the condition and quality of the places which make up the Scotland we live in. By raising awareness and debate on current issues, BEFS helps its members to influence the policy and legislation that affects Scotlands villages, towns, cities and the surrounding cultural landscapes. We also aim to encourage everyone to learn more about, and enjoy, our built environment. Because the heritage of tomorrow is a product of what we do today, BEFS strives to encourage excellence in contemporary design and development, as well as in the management of Scotlands cultural heritage.


Plas Carew
Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed
Parc Nantgarw
CF15 7QQ

  01443 - 33 - 6000     Click for website

Cadw is a Welsh word which means 'to keep'.

Cadw's mission is to protect, conserve, and to promote an appreciation of the built heritage of Wales.

Cadw is the historic environment agency within the Welsh Assembly Government with responsibility for protecting, conserving, and promoting an appreciation of the historic environment of Wales. Created in 1984, Cadw carries out the complete range of responsibilities for the conservation, presentation, and promotion of the built heritage of Wales on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales

Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England

Church House
Great Smith Street

  020 7898 1863     Click for website

The Commission is a statutory body established under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 1990 to discharge specific regulatory functions and also generally to promote the care and conservation of the cathedral churches of the Church of England.

Chapels Society

c/o Robin Phillips
1 Newcastle Avenue
NG9 1BT     Click for website

The Chapels Society seeks to foster public interest in and knowledge of the architectural and historical importance of all places of worship and their related structures in the United Kingdom, loosely described as Nonconformist. These primarily comprise the buildings of Christian bodies (Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox) outside the Established Church but may include those of other faiths.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

University of Reading
PO Box 227

  0118 3786446     Click for website

The CHaretered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) advances the practice of archaeology and allied disciplines by promoting professional standards and ethics for conserving, managing, understanding and promoting enjoyment of heritage. CIfA is a professional organisation for all archaeologists and others involved in protecting and understanding the historic environment.


Church of England
Church House
Great Smith Street

  020 7898 1875     Click for website

ChurchCare is the Church of England’s national resource, adding value from the centre to support over 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals. We support all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings today and for the enjoyment of future generations.

ChurchCare is the comprehensive source of information for everyone managing a church building.

Civic Trust for Wales

3rd Floor Empire House
Mount Stuart Square
CF10 5FN

  02920 484606     Click for website

The Civic Trust for Wales promotes civic pride as a means to improving the quality of life for all in the places where we live and work, and encourages community action, good design, sustainable development and respect for the built environment amongst people of all ages. We are proud to be one of the United Kingdom's partner Civic Trusts.

Council for British Archaeology

St Mary's House
66 Bootham
YO30 7BZ

  01904 671417     Click for website

The CBA is the principal UK-wide non-governmental organisation that promotes knowledge, appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Council for Independent Archaeology

7 Lea Road
MK45 2PR

  01227 752639     Click for website

The Council was set up 'to explore and promote ways in which amateur archaeologists and local archaeological societies can contribute more effectively to archaeology, including rescue archaeology'

The Council for Independent Archaeology aims to promote archaeology that is done independently of government money in the belief that independent archaeologists have much to contribute, not only by their labour, but even more by the introduction of fresh ideas and new approaches.

In recent years, independent archaeology, and especially excavation, has declined, and the Council sets out to make the case for the importance of independent archaeology, and to argue that excavation by amateurs and local societies should be encouraged, not hindered.

Council for the Preservation of Rural England

128 Southwark Street

  020 7981 2800     Click for website

Our purpose
We are people who care passionately about our countryside and campaign for it to be protected and enhanced for the benefit of everyone. The countryside is one of England's most important resources but its beauty, tranquillity and diversity are threatened in many different ways.

Local and national
We are a registered charity with about 59,000 members and supporters. They live in cities and towns as well as villages and the countryside. Anyone who supports our aims is encouraged to join. We operate as a network with over 200 district groups, a branch in every county, a group in every region and a national office, making CPRE a powerful combination of effective local action and strong national campaigning.

Department of Culture, Media and Sport

2–4 Cockspur Street

  020 7211 6200     Click for website

The DCMS's aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.

Our vision is to extend excellence and improve access in all our many sectors.

To achieve this, we have developed four strategic priorities around which we organise our work:

Children and Young People - enhancing access to a fuller cultural and sporting life for children and young people and giving them the opportunity to develop their talents to the full
Community - opening up our institutions to the wider community to promote lifelong learning and social cohesion
Economy - maximising the contribution which the tourism, creative and leisure industries can make to the UK's economy
Delivery - modernising the way we deliver our services by ensuring our sponsored bodies are set and meet targets which put consumers first
What does the DCMS do?

The DCMS is responsible for Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, the music industry, press freedom and regulation, licensing, gambling and the historic environment.

It is also responsible for the listing of historic buildings and scheduling of ancient monuments, the export licensing of cultural goods, the management of the Government Art Collection and for the Royal Parks Agency

Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland

Environment and Heritage Service
5-33 Hill St

  -    -     Click for website

"Our aim is to protect and conserve the natural and built environment and to
promote its appreciation for the benefit of present and future generations"

Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) is the largest Agency within the Department of the Environment with some 521 employees of which 98 are industrial graded staff.

EHS takes the lead in advising on, and in implementing, the Government's environmental policy and strategy in Northern Ireland. The Agency carries out a range of activities, which promote the Government's key themes of sustainable development, biodiversity and climate change. Our overall aims are to protect and conserve Northern Ireland's natural heritage and built environment, to control and regulate pollution and to promote the wider appreciation of the environment and best environmental practices.

Our work is a diverse and integrated network that draws on the many different scientific and professional skills and expertise of our staff. This variety of skills base and experience allows us to manage and protect our landscapes and their wildlife, to record and conserve historic monuments and to maintain a cleaner and greener environment.

English Historic Towns Forum

PO Box 22
BS16 1RZ

  0117 975 0459         Click for website

English Historic Towns Forum (EHTF) was founded in 1987 "to establish and encourage contact between local authorities having responsibility for the management of historic towns and cities, and between these authorities and other public, private and voluntary sector agencies".

This it does ::
By organising conferences, seminars and Town Visits - (see Events)

Through its network of expert practitioners and advisors - (see Related Pages in the left column)

Through partnership links with Government and non-government organisations, policy makers and private sector companies working in historic towns and cities

By researching and producing good practice guidance - (see Publications)

By influencing key policy making bodies which keeps Members' and Partners' concerns at the forefront of national agendas

Through the European Association of Historic Towns & Regions -

Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers
     Click for website

FAME is the distinctive voice of archaeological employers and managers, and the only organisation solely devoted to representing their interests within the profession and the business world.

Finds Research Group AD700-1700

The potteries Museum and Art Gallery
ST1 3DW     Click for website

The Finds Research Group
is a forum for people interested in or researching artefacts of the Anglo-Saxon, Viking, medieval and post-medieval periods.

The main activities of FRG include themed Day conferences held twice a year and the production of information sheets on different types of objects (Datasheets).

The FRG provides a means by which specialists, finds workers, museum professionals and other interested persons can communicate and discuss topics relevant to the subject of finds identification and interpretation.

Garden History Society

70 Cowcross Street

  020 7608 2409     Click for website

Garden History is now firmly established as a valid academic subject; but the society has never lost that sense of freshness and discovery with which it was founded 30 years ago,when garden historians were few, but linked in friendship by shared pleasure in their subject. Although we concentrate our efforts on England, Wales and Scotland we have many contacts in other countries and maintain an international interest.


The main aims of the society are:
To promote the study of the history of gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture in all aspects.
To promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and to advise on their restoration.

The Garden History Society is widely recognised for its expertise and advice. The Government has designated the society as a body that must be consulted by local authorities on all planning applications affecting historic parks and gardens on the English Heritage Register.

Heritage Help

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Are you the owner of an historic building? Are you worried about a vacant building in your neighbourhood? Do you need advice on how to maintain a historic property? Are you interested in archaeology but not sure how to get involved? Is your local park at risk? Do you want to set up a civic society? Are you looking for tips on how to start a public campaign?

Whatever your interest in the historic environment, this website will help you understand the basics and show you where you can find out more. Heritage Help has been put together by volunteers and professionals who are keen to share their knowledge with you.

Heritage Lottery Fund

7 Holbein Place

  020 7591 6000     Click for website

The Heritage Lottery Fund enables all of us to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks or recording and celebrating traditions and customs, HLF grants open up our nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy.

Historic Burghs Association of Scotland

PO box 1124

  01786 833318         Click for website

Formed on the back of the English Historic Towns Forum in 1995, the Association aims to bring together people responsible for managing Scotland's historic towns. Supported by an executive committee selected from a number of bodies including Historic Scotland and the Scottish Civic Trust, it organises conferences, publishes, and promotes events that draw attention to issues of environmental quality, preservation and enhancement.

Historic England

PO Box 569

  01793 414910         Click for website

We're the public body that looks after England's historic environment. In this section you can find out how Historic England is run and who funds us.
We look after the historic environment, providing expert advice about it, helping people protect and care for it, and helping the public to understand and enjoy it.

Historic Scotland

Longmore House
Salisbury Place

  0131 668 8600         Click for website

Historic Scotland safeguards the nation's built heritage and promotes its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers. In our web site you can find information on more than 300 properties in our care and Scotland's listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments. We also have resources for schools and details on technical conservation and research.

Historical Metallurgy Society

1, Carlton House Gardens
London SW1 5DB

  0191 482 1037     Click for website

The Historical Metallurgy Society is a dynamic and exciting international forum for exchange of information and research in historical metallurgy. For over forty years we have covered all aspects of the history of metals and associated materials from prehistory to the present. Our members' interests range from processes and production through technology and economics to archaeology and conservation. The Society holds several conferences and meeting each year which showcase the latest research, and explore a wide range of metallugical landscapes and locations. Members receive a scholarly journal and a newsletter.

The Society's datasheets provide practical help to those excavating and recording the archaeological remains of early metalworking.


70 Cowcross Street

  020 7566 0031     Click for website

ICOMOS is a non-governmental organisation whose mandate is the world's cultural heritage.
Through its national committees worldwide, it provides a forum for professional dialogue.
The UK Committee of ICOMOS was formed in 1965.
ICOMOS has special responsibility as adviser to UNESCO on cultural World Heritage Sites.

ICON, Institute of Conservation

3rd Floor
Downstream Building
1 London Bridge

  020 7785 3807     Click for website

ICON is the professional body representing those who care for the country’s cultural objects and heritage collections. Its members are conservators working in public institutions such as museums and galleries, and conservators and restorers working in the private sector.

The Institute exists to foster excellence in the provision of conservation services, to raise awareness of the importance of conservation skills, and to provide information and advice to those requiring conservation services. Its purpose is to benefit the public and the quality of care of the nation’s heritage.

Specialist Sections
Members of the Institute normally belong to one or more of its twelve specialist sections : Archaeology, Ceramics & Glass, Ethnography, Furniture & Wood, Gilding & Decorative Surfaces, Historic Interiors, Metals, Paintings, Photographic Materials, Stained Glass, Stone & Wall Paintings, Textiles.

These reflect the wide range of materials and object types with which members are concerned. The Sections organise

Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

63 Merrion Square
Dublin 2.

  00 (353) 01 662 9517     Click for website

The mission of IAI, through the representation of our members, is to advance the profession of archaeology by seeking to promote development, education, contact, regulation, high standards and public dissemination of its work.

Institute of Historic Building Conservation

3 Stafford Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN2 4QZ     Click for website

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional institute which represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It has approximately 1360 members, divided between 15 branches.
The Institute exists to establish the highest standards of conservation practice to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment.

International Council on Monuments and Sites

10 Barley Mow Passage
W4 4PH

  020 8994 6477         Click for website

ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. ICOMOS provides a forum for professional dialogue and a vehicle for the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of information on conservation principles, techniques, and policies..

Local Studies Group

County Local Studies Librarian
Exeter Central Library
Castle Street
EX4 3PQ     Click for website

A main aim of the Group was to counteract the isolation of local studies librarians and this remains a continuing task. Even in the 1980s the editor of the Local Studies Librarian (LSL 6:2) could point out that at least two local studies librarians where busy compiling parish packs blissfully unaware of each other’s activity in the field. Nevertheless the activities of the LSG have done much to bring local studies staff together.

Manx National Heritage

Kingswood Grove

  01624 648000     Click for website

The National Museum Service operates 12 National Heritage Museum sites with visitor facilities and interpretive services. These sites are located in towns and villages throughout the Island (see map).

The protection of monuments throughout the Manx landscape is the undertaking of the National Monuments Service. There are 141 scheduled ancient monuments, not including the significant collection of carved stone Crosses, 10 being owned by Manx National Heritage.

Manx National Heritage also acquires and preserves areas of outstanding natural beauty and ecological significance for wildlife conservation and public enjoyment. The National Trust Service administers over 2000 acres of land and 36 properties under Manx National Heritage ownership.

National Trust

36 Queen Anne’s Gate

  020 7222 9251     Click for website

The National Trust was founded in 1895 by three Victorian philanthropists - Miss Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. Concerned about the impact of uncontrolled development and industrialisation, they set up the Trust to act as a guardian for the nation in the acquisition and protection of threatened coastline, countryside and buildings.

More than a century later, we now care for over 248,000 hectares (612,000 acres) of beautiful countryside in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus almost 600 miles of coastline and more than 200 buildings and gardens of outstanding interest and importance. Most of these properties are held in perpetuity and so their future protection is secure. The vast majority are open to visitors and we are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve public access and on-site facilities.

National Trust for Scotland

28 Charlotte Square

  0131 243 9300     Click for website

The National Trust for Scotland is the conservation charity that protects and promotes Scotland's natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. With over 250,000 members it is the largest conservation charity in Scotland and it depends for its support on donations, legacies, grants and membership subscriptions.

Established in 1931, at the initiative of ruralScotland, the Trust acts as guardian of the nation's magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures. As an independent charity, not a government department, it acts on behalf of everyone to safeguard our heritage.

Natural England

1 East Parade
S1 2ET

  0845 600 3078     Click for website

Natural England has a statutory purpose of "nature conservation" and "conserving and enhancing the English landscape". These interests include aesthetic, cultural and historic interests such as field boundaries, monuments, buildings, and below-ground archaeological remains, alongside geological and physiographical features. This also encompasses sites of historic environment interest such as those associated with mining or early hominids and buried palaeo-ecological remains.

Nautical Archaeology Society

Fort Cumberland
Fort Cumberland Road

  0123 9281 8419     Click for website

The Nautical Archaeology Society is a non-government organisation formed to further interest in our underwater cultural heritage.

Portable Antiquities Scheme

C/o Department of Coins and Medals
The British Museum

  020 7323 8618     Click for website

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

See list of regional contacts in Who's Who section for area specific contacts

Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group

Hon. Secretary PCRG
15, Keynsham Road
GL53 7PU     Click for website

The PCRG was formed in November 1988 to promote regular contacts between those with interests in prehistoric ceramics, combining the membership of the Iron Age Pottery Research Group, which had been operating in eastern England since 1976, and the First Millennium BC Ceramic Research Group covering central southern England since 1985. In 1994, the scope of the group was widened to include ceramics from the Neolithic and Earlier Bronze Age periods.

The group aims to assist pottery specialists, other archaeologists and members of the public to keep in touch with recent developments and current research in prehistoric pottery.


John Sinclair House
16 Bernard Terrace

  0131 662 1456     Click for website

RCAHMS is the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. It is an independent non-departmental government body financed by Parliament through The Scottish Executive under the sponsorship of the Architecture Policy Unit. It is directed by Commissioners, and with a complement of around sixty permanent staff, is based in Edinburgh.

RCAHMS carries out a programme of field surveys and recording of the built heritage of Scotland and makes this information available to the public through the Collections of the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS). The Collections of the NMRS are also enhanced by relevant material which is gathered and added to the national archive in accordance with RCAHMS' collecting policy.

RCAHMS provides access to a great wealth of information and material on the sites, monuments and buildings of Scotland's past through the NMRS and through publication and exhibition of its work. RCAHMS also provides accurately surveyed information to the Ordnance Survey (OS) for inclusion on their maps.


Plas Crug
SY23 1NJ

  01970 621200     Click for website

Compiling information by surveying, recording and interpreting terrestrial and maritime archaeological and historical sites, structures and landscapes, particularly those of national and local importance which are threatened with destruction.

Creating and maintaining a comprehensive archive in the form of a National Monuments Record including a national index to regional Sites and Monuments Records.

Publicising the scope and publishing the results of investigations carried out in pursuit of the above objectives.

Advising on the survey, interpretation, preservation and conservation of ancient and historical monuments and constructions.

Setting standards, providing guidance and funding to other organisations and individuals to survey, record and interpret the archaeological landscapes and historic buildings of Wales.

Seeking to achieve progressive improvements in the quality and efficiency of the services provided.

RESCUE The British Archaeological Trust

15a Bull Plain
SG14 1DX

  01992 553377     Click for website

RESCUE, The British Archaeological Trust, is an independent charitable organisation with no ties to government or to any other public body.

RESCUE acts to promote archaeology's interests in Britain, and seeks to maintain the position of archaeology as a vital part of our nation's cultural life.

As a member of RESCUE you will receive details of RESCUE meetings and our Newspaper, RESCUE NEWS. You will also be eligible for discounts on RESCUE publications and on admission to meetings.

Royal Town Planning Institute

41 Botolph Lane

  020 7929 9494     Click for website

The RTPI exists to advance the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public.

Town planning involves much more than planning towns, and is often referred to simply as 'planning'. Many planners, in both the public and private sectors, work within the planning system laid down by Parliament. But planners are also engaged work in a wide variety of other work.

The RTPI is a membership organisation, and a registered charity. Most of its members are fully qualified professional planners. Nearly two thirds work as planning officers for local councils. Others work for central government, for property developers and other organisations with significant landholdings, as consultants or as teachers and researchers in universities. Click here for more information about RTPI membership.

SAVE Britain's Heritage

70 Cowcross Street

  020 7253 3500     Click for website

SAVE has been described as the most influential conservation group to have been established since William Morris founded the Society for the Protection Ancient Buildings over a century ago. It was created in 1975 - European Architectural Heritage Year - by a group of journalists, historians, architects, and planners to campaign publicly for endangered historic buildings. Through press releases, lightening leaflets, reports, books and exhibitions, SAVE has championed the cause of decaying country houses, redundant churches and chapels, disused mills and warehouses, blighted streets and neighbourhoods, cottages and town halls, railway stations, hospitals, military buildings and asylums.

From the start, SAVE has always placed a special emphasis on the possibilities of alternative uses for historic buildings and, in a number of cases, it has prepared its own schemes for re-use of threatened buildings. On repeated occasions SAVE proposals have been instrumental in giving threatened buildings a renewed lease of life. SAVE is also very active on the broader issues of preservation policy.

Scottish Archaeological Forum

Department of Archaeology
University of Glasgow
Gregory Building
G12 8QQ     Click for website

The Scottish Archaeological Forum (SAF) was set up in 1969 in order to provide "an opportunity to hear, discuss and assess some of the important new discoveries and reinterpretations of material, either published or unpublished as yet, by all those working in the archaeological discipline in Scotland".

Scottish Archaeological Forum is run by a committee of archaeologists and its prime function is to organise conferences and workshops which further the study of archaeology in Scotland. The Committee usually convenes four times a year with the more detailed work of conference organisation being delegated to sub-committees.

Scottish Civic Trust

The Tobacco Merchants House
42 Miller Street
G1 1DT

  0141 221 1466     Click for website

The Scottish Civic Trust was founded in 1967 and is Scotland’s only voluntary organisation working to raise the quality of the whole built environment. We encourage excellence in the conservation of the past, in contemporary architecture and planning and in effective public education and participation in all these concerns.

The Trust operates from its new headquarters, the recently restored, A-listed Tobacco Merchants House, the last remaining building of its kind in the heart of Glasgow. The Trust is administered by a small Executive Staff overseen by a Board of Trustees under the Chairmanship of Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith CBE.

The Trust’s principal aim is to encourage :-

public concern for the urban and rural environment
high quality in the planning and construction of new buildings
the conservation and/or adaptation for re-use of older buildings of distinction or historic interest
informed and effective input into planning matters
the elimination of ugliness, whether resulting from social, deprivation, bad design or neglect

Scottish Cultural Resource Advisory Network

Abden House
1 Marchhall Crescent
EH16 5HP

  0131 662 1211     Click for website

SCRAN is the award winning learning image website with access to quality images, sounds, movies and learning resources. There are over 300,000 images from museums, galleries and archives.In addition, there are learning packs such as pathfinders, resources, topics and curriculum navigator.

Scottish History Society

Department of Scottish History
University of Edinburgh
EH8 9LN     Click for website

The Scottish History Society is the leading publisher of manuscript sources relating to the history of Scotland. Founded in 1886, the Society has published over 170 volumes; taken together, these form a collection of great richness and variety illustrating the history of the nation as recorded by contemporaries.

Scottish History Society volumes cover all periods from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries and a very wide range of topics - social, economic, legal, political, constitutional, diplomatic, military and religious history, as well as farming, gardening and the joys of good housekeeping! In addition to making available sources vital to the study and writing of Scottish history, most volumes have substantial introductions by the editors. The volumes are thus not only of value to professional historians and teachers of history, but to all who take an interest in Scotland’s past.

Scottish Museums Council

20-22 Torphichen Street

  0131 229 7465     Click for website

The Scottish Museums Council (SMC) is the membership organisation for local museums and galleries in Scotland.

Our aim is to improve museum and gallery provision in Scotland for both local people and visitors. We have over 200 members who in turn manage over 320 museums. They include all 32 local authorities, universities, regimental and independent museums, ranging in size from small voluntary trusts to large metropolitan services, attracting in excess of 1 million visitors a year. Find out more about our member museums through this site.

SMC combines strategic leadership for the sector with provision of professional information, advisory and support services to members. Our information service is a convenient route into information on a wide range of museums issues, as well as useful facts and figures on museums in Scotland. We welcome feedback on any aspect of our work.

Shorewatch (Scotland)

The SCAPE Trust
St Katherine's Lodge
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

  01334 467172     Click for website

The coastline of Scotland has had a strong influence on the development of the nation. Evidence for this is seen in the numerous archaeological remains that are found by the sea, many of which are unique to coastal areas.

Unfortunately, these archaeological remains are under threat from both human activity and natural processes. Development, dredging and, ironically, the construction of coastal defences are amongst the threats. Changes in sea level have drowned some sites while others are destroyed by wind or sea erosion. Hundreds of excellent archaeological sites are directly threatened and their loss can be very rapid.

Society for Medieval Archaeology,

Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
Northgate House, West Street
S1 4ET

  + 44 (0)114 2222920     Click for website

The Society for Medieval Archaeology exists to further the study of the period from the 5th to the 16th century A.D. by publishing a journal of international standing dealing primarily with the archaeological evidence, and by other means such as by holding regular meetings and arranging conferences. While maintaining a special concern for the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland, the society seeks to support and advance the international study of this period (as broadly defined above) in Europe. It also aims to serve as a medium for co-ordinating the work of archaeologists with that of historians and scholars in any other discipline relevant to this field.

Members receive Medieval Archaeology, the Society's journal (published annually), together with a twice-yearly newsletter.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

37 Spital Square
E1 6DY

  020 7377 1644     Click for website

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

We advise. We educate. We campaign. We offer help when it's wanted and informed resistance when we are alarmed. We encourage excellence in new design to enrich and complement the historic environment.

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Royal Museum
Chambers Street

  0131 247 4133     Click for website

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland was founded in 1780 and it was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783. It is the second oldest antiquarian society in Britain.

The purpose of the Society is set out in the first of its Laws:
".... the Study of the Antiquities and History of Scotland, more especially by means of archaeological research"; the Society today is concerned with every aspect of the human past in Scotland.

The Association for Industrial Archaeology

School of Archaeological Studies
University of Leicester

  0116 252 5337     Click for website

Britain was the first industrial nation. For the last two centuries industry has had a major influence on the society, environment and landscape in which we live.

The AIA is the national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting the great variety of this country's industrial heritage. Industrial architecture, mineral extraction, heritage-based tourism, power technology, adaptive re-use of industrial buildings and transport history are just some of the themes being investigated by our members.

Every year the Association monitors over 200 hundred applications to alter or demolish industrial sites and buildings. We work with other amenity groups to protect Britain's heritage and represent Britain on the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage.

The British Archaeological Association

c/o John McNeill
18 Stanley Road

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The British Archaeological Association was founded in 1843 to promote the study of archaeology, art and architecture and the preservation of our national antiquities. It encourages original research and publishes new work on art and antiquities of Roman to post-medieval date.

The association embraces a wide spectrum of antiquarian and art historical interests (with architectural history strongly represented) and its capacity to engage in debate across these disciplines is a major strength. Regular lectures held in London provide one channel of communication; others include an annual conference held over several days (whose proceedings are published for the benefit of members at large) and an annual journal.

The Georgian Group

6 Fitzroy Square

  020 7529 8920     Click for website

Britain’s architectural heritage is one of the nation’s greatest assets. The Georgian period gave us some of our most beautiful buildings. Yet our Georgian heritage faces a daily battle to survive. Demolitions, ugly extensions, unsympathetic alterations and neglect all pose serious threats to the historic architecture and atmosphere of our villages, towns and cities.

The Georgian Group is the charity dedicated to preserving Georgian buildings and gardens. Each year we are consulted on over 6,000 planning applications involving demolition or alterations. We are not opposed to change, but our intervention has helped protect many buildings from unsympathetic alterations. It is often through our influence that a better solution is found.

Treasure Trove in Scotland

National Museums of Scotland
Chambers Street

  0131-247-4355     Click for website

The treasure trove system in Scotland recognizes the importance of all finds and provides the mechanism for a selection of them to be preserved for the future in museum collections. The system recognizes that, rather than a finder keeping an important object to themselves, it is preferable for the object to be publicly available and owned by our nation.

Twentieth Century Society

77 Cowcross Street

  020 7250 3857     Click for website

The Twentieth Century Society exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. One of the Society’s prime objectives is education, with education comes appreciation. With conservation, another prime objective, comes the continued opportunity for extending our knowledge about those buildings or artifacts, whether important or humble, rare or commonplace as the red telephone kiosk, that characterise the Twentieth Century in Britain.

Victorian Society

1 Priory Gardens
Bedford Park
W4 1TT

  020 8994 1019     Click for website

The Victorian Society is the national society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts. It was founded in 1958 to fight the then widespread ignorance of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture. Among its thirty founder members were John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner.

Young Archaeologists' Club

Bowes Morrell House
111 Walmgate

  01904 671417     Click for website

YAC began in 1972 and has grown into a National Institution, alowing tousands of young people (from ages 8 - 16) get involved in all sorts of archaeological activities, there are dozens of branches across the country, so check the website for the closest one.