Institute of Archaeology


Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts

27 October 2018, 9:30 am–6:00 pm

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Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and Rescue: The British Archaeological Trust are hosting a one-day conference at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 27 October 2018.

The conference will address challenges and opportunities resulting from changes in policy which impact the culture, arts and heritage sectors, and will also address the role organisations and civil society can take to shape policy in Government.

There have been significant changes in the political landscape and increasing numbers of consultations/calls for evidence have emerged in the past few years, all of which are impacting the sectors that we work in. Speakers have been invited from a range of organisations who have needed to respond to many of the changes brought forth, while also participating in government consultations by responding to proposals and calls for evidence.

The conference will explore questions such as how we provide the relevant information/evidence or highlight key issues to help reshape policy as we withdraw from the EU, recognising areas of concern such immigration policies, whether the natural and historic environment is adequately protected in British Law, to how the arts, culture and heritage will or could be funded.

Invited speakers include:

  • Lord Colin Renfrew (University of Cambridge)
  • Cllr Huw Thomas (Leader of Cardiff Council)
  • Chris Patrick (Conservation Officer, Birmingham City Council)
  • Duncan McCallum (Policy Director, Historic England)
  • Eleonora Belfiore (Professor of Comms & Media Studies, Loughborough University)
  • Evelyne Godfrey (Director, Uffington Heritage Watch CBS (community benefit society) and Advocacy Officer of ICON Archaeology Group)
  • Gail Boyle (Sn Curator, Bristol Museum; Council, Gloucestershire Archaeological Society; Chair, Society for Museum Archaeology, Trustee, Treasure Valuation Committee)
  • Georgina Holmes-Skelton, (Head of Government Affairs, National Trust)
  • Gill Chitty (Director of Conservation, York University)
  • John Martin (Artistic Director, Pan Intercultural Arts)
  • Jude Plouviez (Chair, RESCUE)
  • Mags Patten (Exec Director of Public Policy, Arts Council)
  • Richard Hughes (President, ICOMOS-UK)
  • Rob Lennox (Policy Advisor, CIfA)
  • Taryn Nixon (Archaeologist, Taryn Nixon Heritage Works)
  • Victoria Bankes-Price (Planning Advisor, Woodland Trust)

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