Planning for Archives: Opportunities and Omissions

End of project report, project 7756

By Ben Donnelly-Symes

This report was prompted by the 'Twenty First Century Challenges for Archaeology Project' - which amongst other challenges identified issues with Archaeological Archives - and by the Mendoza Review into museums. This report looks at the relationship between planning policy and archaeological archives.

It makes recommendations surrounding:

  • References to archaeological archives in policy and guidance documentation
  • On sharing best practice
  • Digital Archiving
  • Improving communication

ALGAO: England were commissioned to produce this report.


  • Introduction
  • Objective 1: To examine critically the wording and objectives of the NPPF with regard to archiving to determine the suitability or otherwise of current wording
  • Objective 2: To identify the different interpretations, and subsequent opportunities afforded by the same, made by local planning authorities
  • Objective 3: To determine whether the requirements for ‘useful’ archives in European Guidance are accurately reflected and achievable within national planning policy
  • Objective 4: To ascertain blockages to delivering effective archiving through the planning process and to identify potential solutions and areas of improvement in the current process
  • Objective 5: To share best practice of archiving amongst local planning authorities
  • Final Recommendations
  • Post Project evaluation plan
  • Acknowledgements
  • Appendix 1: Survey Questionnaire sent to ALGAO:England members

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 49


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