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New Publication Launched! Friends of Pendle Heritage – Pendle Archaeological Society

The Vaccaries in the Forest of Trawden, A study of the cattle farms and their effect on the landscape in the post mediaeval period    

by David JA Taylor

The publication is available for purchase at Pendle Heritage Centre.

29th July 2021

This is an online celebration of local archaeology in North West England. 

Come along to share photos and descriptions of your favourite local archaeology and heritage sites in the North West.

We’ll share the photos on @cbanorthwest twitter feed and on the Events page of this website on the 29th July.  #ArchaeologyNorthWest

Come and join in the fun on our Events Page#ArchaeologyNorthWest

New Archaeology Guide Available from West Cumbria Archaeological Society

Holme Cultram Abbey: An Archaeological and Historical Guide 

This has been produced by West Cumbria Archaeological Society as part of their current project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund – Holme Cultram Harbour Project. 

The guide covers a brief history of Holme Cultram – a Cistercian abbey at Abbeytown in north Cumbria and outlines the work done by the society since 2006.

It includes the excavations done in 2019 and is a taster for the monograph which is in production and will be published in late 2021.

The guide is free of charge and copies can be obtained from West Cumbria Archaeological Society – in either pdf format or hard copy if you send a SAE. 

Contact the society for more information.

North West Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment – Website Launched

The website for the updates North West Regional Research Framework has now been published and is available on the link below. The current framework is the result of a number of years’ worth of work to synthesise and analyse the results of archaeology in the region and provides an update to the previous framework, published eleven years ago. The updating project was funded by Historic England, with the Council for British Archaeology North West contributing funds to publish a physical point-in-time publication of the framework which will follow soon. 

The main element of the project is now complete and the new interactive framework is available online with a physical publication to follow later in the year.

The new framework consists of:

  • updated period-based resource assessments representing the current state of knowledge of the historic environment in the North West of England
  • research questions organised by period and themes
  • measures for advancing knowledge and understanding set out as supporting statements and research strategies
  • a comprehensive bibliography and list of online sources.

The Research Framework can be used to:

  • help define research questions and strategies in project designs submitted to research funding bodies
  • prepare Written Schemes of Investigation in support of the planning process
  • provide background information for use during research and analysis

You can find the new framework on this webpage ( or through the permanent link of the Resources page of our website.

Speak Up for Archaeology – ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper

The Council for British Archaeology and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists have released a joint statement regarding their initial response to the ‘Planning for the Future’ white paper consultation. Both bodies are concerned that the white paper in its current form is insufficient to protect archaeological interests within the planning process.

You can read more about the initial response from the Council for British Archaeology on the following link .

More information and a message from CBA Executive Director Neil Redfern is available on the link below.

It is important that our voices are heard at this time and we would encourage you to ‘Speak up for Archaeology’ and send an email to your MP to ask that archaeology is protected in the planning process.

You can find out who your MP is and how to contact them on this website:

There is a very helpful guide about writing a letter or email to your MP on the Council for British Archaeology website here:

You can also find a copy of an email sent by a CBA NW member to their MP about this issue.

Planning for the Future Email

Council for British Archaeology Latest COVID-19 Advice for Local Archaeology Societies

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) has issued advice for local archaeology societies and community groups keen to resume fieldwork and/or face-to-face activities. At the moment they cannot provide archaeology-specific guidance so are advising that societies and groups follow the UK Government’s 5 step guide to working safely. This provides a useful starting point when thinking about how to organise activities and events.

The steps covered are:

  1. Carrying out a Covid-19 risk assessment: The UK Government website has links to HSE guidance on risk assessments.
  2. Developing cleaning, handwashing, and hygiene procedures: The UK Government has provided some general guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings outside the home.  
  3. Helping people to work from home: In terms of fieldwork and events, this is a good point to think about and discuss the practicalities of bringing people together again. If safely meeting face-to-face is going to be difficult at the moment are there opportunities for your members to do any activities individually, in very small groups, or would your members be interested in some social activities or events online?
  4. Maintaining 2m social distancing, where possible: You will need to think about the implications of this in terms of the type of activity you are planning and if you are planning an indoor event what implications this will have on the number of participants and the suitability of your venue. The UK Government has produced some guidance on the use of multi-purpose community facilities.
  5. And where people cannot be 2m apart, managing the transmission risk: Check the relevant government guidance for your country/region regarding managing transmission and the use of PPE and face coverings

Further details and individual links to Government guidance can be found here:

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