Historic England's Science Advisors (SAs) provide support and advice to local authorities determining planning applications affecting archaeological sites and the archaeological units carrying out these excavations. Our input covers all aspects of the investigation and analysis of the historic environment to enhance its understanding and management. Here you can find our contact details as well as an overview of the work we do.
Each year we provide about 2,000 hours of direct, practical advice and capacity building to over 150 front-line local authority staff.
We work to promote common standards across the sector to maintain and enhance professional skills.
Do you have a question for one of our science advisors?
We can be contacted by email, phone, or through our local offices:
North West: Sue Stallibrass, 0151 794 5046, Manchester Office
North East: Don O'Meara, 0191 2691250, Newcastle Office
Yorkshire: Samantha Stein (Assistant Science Advisor), 01904 601995, York Office
West Midlands: Lisa Moffett, 0121 625 6875, Birmingham Office
East Midlands: Matthew Nicholas, 07342 062544, Northampton Office
East of England: Zoe Outram, 01223 582707, Cambridge Office
South West: Hayley McParland, 0117 975 0689 or 07789 745054, Bristol Office
London: Sylvia Warman, 0207 973 3733, London Office
South East: Jane Corcoran, 01483 252052, Guildford Office
Senior Science Advisor: Jim Williams, 07801 213300, Homeworker
What do we do?
Our work with local authorities and archaeological contractors includes:
- Input to briefs
- Assessment of written schemes of investigation/specifications
- Site visits to advise on approaches to fieldwork, for example sampling
- Strategic engagement on topics such as securing the future of archaeological materials within appropriate archives
We also give similar support to development management colleagues in Historic England who work on planning applications, scheduled monument consent, marine planning licences and large infrastructure projects, such as:
- New nuclear power stations
- High-speed rail
- Road construction and upgrades
- Offshore wind farms
On complex projects our involvement may start with advice to Historic England colleagues during the early stages of the pre-application and consent process, then move on to detailed site-based advice to local authority staff or archaeological units once fieldwork begins.
Guidelines and training
In addition to day-to-day advice, we also help develop guidelines and organise training on a range of archaeological science issues.
We have published two new poster supplements to our animal bones guidance:
- Supplement 2: Excavating Animal Bones
- Supplement 3: Processing Animal Bone Assemblages
Both posters are available in PDF versions for download and for print from our Animal Bones and Archaeology page.
Details of forthcoming science-based training courses will be shown here once the forward programme has been devised and agreed.
Also of interest...
Heritage science encompasses all technological and scientific work that can benefit the heritage sector.