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Guidance Open for Consultation

Your chance to have a say on advice and guidance documents we've published in draft. Your feedback will help us make our advice and guidance useful.

New advice and guidance

Insuring Historic Buildings and other Heritage Assets

This guidance is intended to help owners, managers, surveyors and other professional advisers involved with the insurance and assessment of reinstatement costs for historic buildings and other heritage assets.

Advice is given on getting insurance and establishing the extent of cover required which is often framed by financial and planning constraints as well as the statutory duties associated with public use, or any purpose requiring public or employers’ liability. The methods for establishing the appropriate reinstatement costs are outlined.

The guidance stresses that insurance is just one part of a proper risk management strategy that takes full account of potential damage from lack of maintenance, fire, theft, flooding and other more general risks.

What are we asking in this consultation?

  • We would welcome any comments on the breadth of content and on any detail included in the draft guidance.
  • More specifically we would like any comments regarding how well the guidance reflects current practice and options offered by the insurance industry and whether any additional information is required to reflect best practice.
  • We would particularly welcome comments on the limit of the indemnity secured. The guidance outlines the most common limitations set within policies as a basis for cover as well as for specific risks.
  • Many owners find the assessment of reinstatement costs a particularly difficult area. Does the draft provide sufficiently clear and comprehensive guidance on this matter?

The guidance will be illustrated but the consultation draft is without images.

This consultation closes 3 September 2018.

Ways to respond

Please send your consultation comments, and any questions you have about the document or the consultation to:

Revised and updated guidance

Guidelines on the X-radiography of Archaeological Metalwork

Historic England is in the process of updating the Guidelines on the X-radiography of Archaeological Metalwork.

The current guidance provides recommendations on the minimum requirements for X-raying metal finds from archaeological projects. It is aimed both at those who commission, manage or monitor post-excavation projects that involve the recording and analysis of metalwork; and, to those who produce and use X-radiographs in the course of their work.

As well as updating guidance to include advice on commissioning and undertaking digital and computed radiography we are also looking to improve the management and archiving of our digital X-radiographs. The new guidelines will include both organic and inorganic materials.

This survey is a precursor to this work; we seek to find out how other organisations used the guidance and how they are managing their digital X-radiographs, including data sharing, archiving, and documentation.

If you have used the guidance and/or are creating/commissioning digital X-radiographs we would be grateful if you could fill in a short survey:

Complete the survey form

The survey will be open until 10 August 2018.

Piling and Archaeology: Guidance and Good Practice

This guidance provides good practice advice for all parties dealing with archaeological sites where foundation solutions for new buildings might involve piling. It contains: a basic overview of the main piling methods; a review of the harm that they can cause to the significance of archaeological sites; and sets out steps by which this harm can be avoided or minimised. It is an update of the previous version.

The main changes are a greater emphasis on the planning process and current planning guidance (NPPF), and the inclusion of a risk assessment methodology.

There are no images in this consultation version as they will mostly stay the same as in the current document.

This document has been revised through a collaborative writing exercise (book sprint). Contributors included Historic England staff, commercial archaeological contractors, local authority archaeological curators and geotechnical engineers from piling contractors and engineering consultancies.

This guidance once completed would replace the previous edition of Piling and Archaeology (Historic England 2015). It is one of a number of guidance documents relating to the preservation of archaeological remains.

What are we asking in this consultation?

In this consultation we are seeking general comments and views on this revised document. We would also like to know:

  • If the objective to move from an approach where one kept the % of piles on a site to a set level, to one where the emphasis is placed on an understanding of significance and reducing harm to that significance, has been met?
  • If this new approach, designed to align this document more closely with the NPPF is clear to you, and if not, what additional changes are needed to improve this clarity?
  • If there are enough links between this document and the Historic England Guidance on Preserving Archaeological Remains?
  • If you were going to complete the new risk assessment, would you know how to do this? Would a worked example help?
  • Do the additional case studies help to illustrate key elements of the guidance?
  • Are there additional case studies that from your experience would help to illustrate specific elements of the guidance better than those we have currently chosen? If so, would you be able to share those with us?
  • What additional images, flowcharts, tables, etc, do you think are needed?

Let us know if you have any other comments.

This consultation closes on 31 July 2018.

Ways to respond

Please send your consultation comments, and any questions you have about the document or the consultation to:

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