February 2018
Newsletter #28
Newsletter #28, in which our news was slightly delayed from last week! Please note that the ScARF website, along with others hosted by HES, is currently unexpectedly offline so the link below may not work.

Regional Archaeological Research Frameworks update

In the last e-newsletter we mentioned that we did not yet know about the outcome of the funding bids that we put into Historic Environment Scotland last year for the creation of additional regional research frameworks - well now we are happy to report that we were successful in obtaining funding for all three areas.

This means that from the 1st April work should begin on regional research frameworks for the following areas: We hope to bring you more news on how these will develop and tie into ScARF in the next few months, but if you have any specific questions or comments at this time please just get in touch.
Read more about the ScARF Regional Frameworks

Latest figures from ALGAO Scotland 

Each year information about the work carried out by ALGAO Scotland members is gathered through an annual survey, the results of which are submitted to Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA) and Measuring Success.
The information from ALGAO Scotland, along with information from other organisations helps to build a picture of the Historic Environment in Scotland.

The results from the annual survey for 2016/17 indicate the substantial and wide-ranging body of work carried out by the Local Authority Archaeologists and a snapshot of the impact of some of the work is highlighted in a new info-graphic available to view and download through the ALGAO Scotland webpage.
View the latest ALGAO report

Upcoming Lectures and Conferences

Conference: BEFS Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement
Thursday 15th March (10am - 4pm) Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Infirmary Street. Edinburgh

This year Historic Environment Scotland is undertaking a review of the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement. Join BEFS for our Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement Conference in March and influence what direction it may take.

The conference will bring together the sector for an intensive workshop looking at creative and pragmatic approaches to caring for Scotland’s historic environment. Advanced booking is now open, with further information and a programme to follow soon. 
Book a place
Report: Performance so far of Our Place in Time
ScARF is one of the main ways in which the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland helps to deliver the Our Place in Time strategy so it is good to see it mentioned in the latest report! The Our Place in Time Performance Report 2017 is now out. This report covers the first three years of the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland – Our Place in Time, from its publication in October 2014. It sets out the progress made in delivering the Strategy and complements the narrative of the Annual Reports that were published in 2015 and 2017. 
Download the report

Museum news from here and there

While outwith Scotland's borders, anyone with an interest in museums & collecting in museums should read a couple of articles on the Museums Association website. The Mendoza Review, covering England and published by DCMS, has been criticised by a new report - Why Collect? - which was sponsored by Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation. The MA article can be read in full here.

Closer to home, we were delighted to see the news that Museums + Galleries Edinburgh will be returning to a 7-day opening from June this year. Their archaeological collections show off our home city wonderfully so congratulations to them. MA article in full can be seen here

Archaeology on the wireless...

Derek Jennings and Alison Cameron at Deer Abbey © BBC, Scotland Out Doors
...if you can find it! Earlier last month we enjoyed an episode of Scotland Outdoors which featured ScARF contributor Ali Cameron of Cameron Archaeology. In our delay in getting this newsletter sent out the link appears to have expired. But worry not, keep an eye out for a repeat of the episode to hear a great report on the Book of Deer project happening in Aberdeenshire from Ali herself and volunteers on the project. It's great to see (or should that be 'hear') archaeological research being reported to such a wide audience.
Listen - if you can - here.
That's all for now, we'll be back with the March e-newsletter later this month!
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